July 13, 2005
Don’t ask, don’t tell
According to the Washington Post, nobody’s asking “inappropriate” questions inside the White House:
Rove has not been asked by senior White House officials whether he did anything illegal or potentially embarrassing to the president and he spent most of the day strategizing on Bush’s Supreme Court nomination, aides said.
“No one has asked him what he told the grand jury. No one has deemed it appropriate,” said a senior White House official, who would discuss the Rove case only on the condition of anonymity. “What you all need to figure out is, does this amount to a crime? That is a legitimate debate.” Still, some aides said they were concerned about the unknown. “Is it a communications challenge? Sure,” the official said.
Privately, even Rove’s staunchest supporters said the situation could explode if federal prosecutors accuse Rove or any other high-level official of committing a crime. William Kristol, a conservative commentator with close White House ties, said it would be hard to imagine a prosecutor conducting an investigation that has landed one reporter in jail and challenged the constitutional rights of the journalism profession without indicting someone. Special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald “is the problem for the White House, and we have no idea what he knows,” Kristol said.
But we can make a pretty good guess.
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