It looks like presidential adviser Karl Rove won't be facing any charges related to the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame. Suddenly I hear millions of anxious Republicants sighing in relief.
What I'm wondering now is that, since Rove is no longer in the hot seat, will the White House be willing to answer questions about him?
As you may recall, ever since Rove's involvement in the leak was made public, the White House has been tight-lipped. Standard operating procedure has been to say that any question with Rove's name in it allegedly (and conveniently) referred to an "ongoing investigation," and that he (then, White House spokesman Scotty McClellan) wasn't going to comment until the investigation was complete.
Ok, so now it's apparently complete. Here's the question at least one reporter asked that should now be answered:
Regarding President Bush's knowledge of what Rove may or may not have done, did the president ever just ask Rove if he had any involvement in the Plame leak? He sees the guy at work every day, after all.
My prediction about any questions current spokesman Tony Snow may now be asked about Rove is that we'll hear something like:
"Mr. Rove has been exonnerated of these baseless charges... old news... ready to move forward... valued member of the president's staff... looks forward to continuing his work with the president... blah blah blah..."
We'll hear all that in one form or another from Snow and possibly from Rove himself, but not a direct answer to, say, that question about what Bush and Rove may have discussed about the Plame matter.
How it works is, during an investigation the White House simply "can't talk about it." Once that's done it's "old news," so why bother talking about it. Clever, eh?
The president and his team hedged their bets and won. They stalled and never had to acknowledge anything damaging about Rove, no matter how true. Let it never again be said "obstructionism" is an exclusive tool of the left.