When will Bush fire Rove?
President Now Says Anyone Convicted in Connection With the Leak Will Be Fired
By JENNIFER LOVEN, AP
ReutersKarl Rove was named as a source for the identity of a CIA operative by a Time magazine reporter.
WASHINGTON (July 19) - President Bush qualified his pledge to dismiss any White House official found to have leaked the name of a CIA operative, saying Monday that ''if someone committed a crime'' he would be fired.
In September 2003, the White House had said anyone who leaked classified information in the case would be dismissed. Bush reiterated that promise last June, saying he would fire anyone found to have disclosed the CIA officer's name.
Democrats said Bush in his new comments had ''lowered the ethics bar'' for his administration.
Bush would not say whether he was displeased that Rove, the deputy chief of staff, told a reporter that the wife of administration critic Joseph Wilson worked for the CIA on weapons of mass destruction issues. A 2003 phone call with Rove was the first time that Matthew Cooper of Time magazine had heard that Wilson's wife worked at the agency, according to a first-person account by Cooper in the magazine.
The president, in an East Room news conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said there was a ''serious ongoing investigation.''
''I think it's best that people wait until the investigation is complete before you jump to conclusions. And I will do so, as well,'' he said. ''I don't know all the facts. I want to know all the facts.''
Rove's involvement in the leak case has worried Republicans, already anxious about Bush's decline in opinion polls. Only a fourth of Americans believe the White House is fully cooperating with the investigation, according to an ABC News poll released Monday. That number has dropped from half in September 2003 when the probe began.
Democrats contended that Bush's comments indicated he was lowering the administration's ethical standards.
''It appears that an administration that came to office promising 'honesty and integrity' and to avoid 'legalisms' is now defining ethical standards downward,'' said Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.
''In this White House, apparently no aide will be fired or forced to resign unless and until the jail cell door is locked behind him.''
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In July 2003, syndicated columnist Robert Novak, citing unnamed administration officials, wrote that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, worked for the CIA.
A 1982 law prohibits the deliberate exposure of the identity of an undercover CIA official. Wilson has accused the White House of trying to orchestrate a dirty-tricks campaign to discredit him after he challenged the administration's assertion that Saddam Hussein was seeking material from Niger to make nuclear weapons and said the White House had manipulated pre-war intelligence to justify an Iraq invasion.
While Rove has not disputed that he told Cooper that Wilson's wife worked for the agency, he has insisted through his lawyer that he did not mention her by name.
Said Bush on Monday, ''I would like this to end as quickly as possible so we know the facts, and if someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration.''
The phrasing was unusual for the president, who campaigned for office in 2000 on a pledge ''to restore honor and dignity'' to a White House he implied had been sullied by scandals of the Clinton administration.
White House press secretary Scott McClellan would not say whether Bush meant an indictment or a conviction when he referred to a crime, or whether he considered leaking itself to be a crime. Nor would McClellan acknowledge that the president created a standard different from previous statements out of the White House.
''I think that the president was stating what is obvious when it comes to people who work in the administration: that if someone commits a crime, they're not going to be working any longer in this administration,'' McClellan said.
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said Bush's standard for firing Rove was not consistent with a 2-year-old executive order governing the protection of national secrets. Under the order, Bush is required to impose administrative sanctions such as dismissal if anyone acted negligently in confirming information about Plame's identity.
Howard Dean, head of the Democratic Party, said Bush ''lowered the ethics bar'' and should go back to his earlier pledge.
07-19-05 01:08 EDT
Bush Family Values
"idiotstick": seek attention in a narcissistic way, have been brainwashed by fox and rush . This has severely limited their ability to think clearly.
"idiotstick": generally iq of the species is about 93. avg iq of fast food server or telemarketer.
"idiotstick": retard, John Kerry, Gihad cindy, liberlas, French fries
"idiotstick": other one liners of the owners of this term of endearment:
"idiotstick": since inhabiting this website more than any mentally sane blogger would
"idiotstick": copyright gwb/alias stella blue 2004
the music man: Could you imagine what Bush would say. He'd say: 1."Well, I'd get up instead of sitting there frozen for 7 minutes" >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 2.I wouldn't have stayed on vacation so long this summer. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 3. I'd regret not nuking Iraq and Iran...in the name of Jesus Christ...amen.
the music man: Woody Allen just turned 70. Upon reflection of his life he said," I've gained no wisdom, no insight, no mellowing. I'd make the same mistakes all over again, today. Good for you Woodman, for your honesty, instead of some bull$hit answer most people would give.
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turkey: tired of the liberties hes taken with them and flashing their illegal passports in their faces!
turkey: may oreilly grovel over in the dust while suffering a knee in his shrivelling pecker from one his angry illegal maidens!
turkey: may Hannity fry in the laughter of late night comedians!
turkey: may he have a stroke on choking on his potato chips and oxycontin pills!
turkey: me have a stroke on his potato chips and oxycontin
turkey: roasted rushmellows! tdf!
turkey: jule tides and merry bowls of cannabis while in hope that st nick will bring the president roasted on a spit , with a side order of rove!! TDF!
turkey: roasted pork on an open fire!
turkey: ding dong the bush is gone!!
turkey: What a Merry Merry Xmas!
turkey: mmm roasted george w bush for xmas
turkey: cant wait for these red neck turkeys to be basted with butter ...mmm and roast pork!
turkey: thanksgiving is comin up!
For Doodles , LOFL!!: Question: Will this induce Fatboy to start gulping down Oxycontins??
For Doodles , LOFL!!: This just in...The Alfranken Show just beat Rush Fatboy in the Sanfranciso and Portland Oregon markets...2 of the top 23 markets. The rumor of their demise is greatly exaggerated.
Liberal Weiners: Silly liberals-watch them play.
Liberal Weiners: This one is good...."People actually believe their lies...especially the ones on teh radio...People think"if it's on teh radio it must be true !" Especially coming from someone who listens to Randi Rhodes and the rest of the Air America circus clowns! LOL too funny!
Liberal Weiners: does this sound like a peaceful liberal??? "read the article idiot stick up your sodomized ass!" I thought they were all about peace?
Liberal Weiners: I love how this turkey spends most of the afternoon criticizing Christians but then says : "because you are evil and are not the peaceful christians that I respect!" does that make sense to anyone?
Liberal Weiners: You are just ignoring it!
Liberal Weiners: No, you are wrong Son. Jesus knows you though! He is tugging at your heart more and more everyday!
BornagainNBC: I wish that I didnt know you, but I do and despise everything about you!
Liberal Weiners: I am not a hippy(nothing to be proud of) and church is tomorrow(we do not speak in tongues) but thanks for the concern!
BornagainNBC: lata idiot stick!
Liberal Weiners: Once again-you are not the boss of me and you don't know me-am I right?? Last time I checked-you do not know me!
BornagainNBC: go to your church and speak in tongues and pretend to be a hippy!!
BornagainNBC: because you are evil and are not the peaceful christians that I respect!
Liberal Weiners: I would love to stay and read all your cutting and pasting but I have a life. Have a swell evening paranoid-liberal-weiner!
Liberal Weiners: Don't tell me what I am and what I am not! You aren't the boss of me!!! LOL
BornagainNBC: What the Christian right spends a lot of time doing," says Marc Wolin, a moderate Republican who ran unsuccessfully for Congress from San Francisco last year, "is going after obscure party posts. They try to control the party apparatus in each county. We have a lot to fear from these people. They want to set up a theocracy in America.
Liberal Weiners: What is it like to be so paranoid about the Christians???
BornagainNBC: Americans need to be aware of your corrupt religious party!
BornagainNBC: Across the nation, in primary after primary, stunned Republican leaders echoed the lament of one longtime party activist in Texas, a personal friend of Barbara Bush, who suddenly found herself ousted by the fundamentalists. "They organized and we didn't," she said. "I didn't think it was going to be this bad.
BornagainNBC: On the same day, several hundred miles to the north in Santa Clara Country, another slate of "biblically oriented" candidates--committed to the death penalty for such sins as homosexuality and abortion--captured 14 of 20 seats on the Republican county central committee. The GOP apparatus in the nation's most populous state is within a few votes of being absolutely controlled by the Christian right
BornagainNBC: In June, in the San Diego County towns of Lemon Grove and El Cajon, a slate of "pro-family" Christian right activists financed by a group of conservative businessmen swept the Republican primary for all of the open council seats, along with a slew of state assembly seats.
BornagainNBC: The so-called Christian activists have finally gained control," she explained in her resignation letter, "and the Grand Old Party is more religious cult than political organization
BornagainNBC: and the president is incompetent
BornagainNBC: you as warped as the KKK
BornagainNBC: because you are not christian
Liberal Weiners: What is it like to be so paranoid about the Christians??
Liberal Weiners: What is it like to have so much hate for our President??
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