Plame Name Game: What Did Bush Know, and When Did He Know It?

Prevaricator in Chief: The gang that can’t shoot straight now can’t keep it’s story straight. As we’ve said before, it strains credulity that President Bush – our first “CEO President” – did not demand to know exactly who said what to whom about CIA agent Valerie Plame within hours after White House propagandist Bob Novak revealed her secret identity to the world back in July 2003.

Nobody – not even Mr. Bush – is that incurious. Nonetheless, in public statements since – and perhaps in unsworn testimony to the prosecutor investigating the treasonous leak – Bush has claimed to be ignorant of the dirty deeds done by his own Flying Monkeys.

But now the veneer of ignorance supporting the President’s plausible deniability appears to beeroding. A leak to the New York Daily News reveals that Bush knew about Rove’s role in the scandal by the fall of 2003, at the very latest:

An angry President Bush rebuked chief political guru Karl Rove two years ago for his role in the Valerie Plame affair, sources told the Daily News.

“He made his displeasure known to Karl,” a presidential counselor told The News. “He made his life miserable about this.”

Bush has nevertheless remained doggedly loyal to Rove, who friends and even political adversaries acknowledge is the architect of the President’s rise from baseball owner to leader of the free world.


Other sources confirmed, however, that Bush was initially furious with Rove in 2003 when his deputy chief of staff conceded he had talked to the press about the Plame leak.

Whether Bush learned about Rove’s shenanigans in July 2003 or three months later is immaterial. Now we have a leak from the President’s staff admitting for the first time that Bush knew what had been done in his name. This renders disingenious everything Bush has done and said – no matter how carefully parsed – especially his unsworn testimony to investigators on July 24, 2004.

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