What a f*cking surprise.. You’re surprised.., shocked.., right? I’m stunned.., simply stunned.. (Snark turned off now).
At 8 PM on September 29, 2003, former White House counsel Alberto Gonzales received a phone call from the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Gonzales received formal notification that evening that the DOJ had launched a criminal investigation into the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson.
Curiously, the Justice Department, which at the time was headed by John Ashcroft, officially launched the investigation on September 26, 2003, but Ashcroft waited more than three days before notifying Gonzales and the White House, whose high-level staffers were reported to be responsible for disseminating Wilson’s affiliation with the spy agency to the media just two-and-a-half months earlier.
Gonzales asked the DOJ if he could wait until morning before notifying White House staffers about the probe, thereby delaying the issuance of a directive to preserve emails and other documents related to the leak of Wilson’s undercover status federal investigators would need as part of their investigation.
The DOJ agreed.
But after Gonzales hung up the telephone, he immediately contacted Andrew Card, who was White House chief of staff at the time, and told him about the investigation.
Twelve hours later, Gonzales sent out an email to more than 1,000 White House staffers stating, “you must preserve all materials that might in any way be related to the [Justice] department’s investigation” of Wilson as well as any emails or documents that mentioned her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, whose criticism of the administration’s prewar Iraq intelligence led White House officials to leak his wife’s identity to the media.
What happened during those 12 hours is anyone’s guess. Did Andrew Card provide top White House officials such as Karl Rove and Vice President Dick Cheney’s former Chief of Staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby – the two top Bush administration officials who were responsible for unmasking Mrs. Wilson’s covert status – advance notice of the investigation in an attempt to get them to destroy smoking-gun evidence linking them to the leak?
Why is it so impossible to go after these guys just because they are SO corrupt and play SO dirty? Is there NOBODY in Washington with a set of brass kahonies willing to go after these guys – regardless of how low they are willing to go? No matter how many laws they are willing to break and how many steps they are willing to take to cover up their misdeeds? Come on…