Lawrence O’Donnell Says Karl Rove Source in Plame Case
MSNBC Analyst Says Cooper Documents Reveal Karl Rove as Source in Plame Case (Editor and Publisher)
Now that Time Inc. has turned over documents to federal court, presumably revealing who its reporter, Matt Cooper, identified as his source in the Valerie Plame/CIA case, speculation runs rampant on the name of that source, and what might happen to him or her. Tonight, on the syndicated McLaughlin Group political talk show, Lawrence O’Donnell, senior MSNBC political analyst, claimed to know that name–and it is, according to him, top White House mastermind Karl Rove.
Here is the transcript of O’Donnell’s remarks:
“What we’re going to go to now in the next stage, when Matt Cooper’s e-mails, within Time Magazine, are handed over to the grand jury, the ultimate revelation, probably within the week of who his source is.
“And I know I’m going to get pulled into the grand jury for saying this but the source of…for Matt Cooper was Karl Rove, and that will be revealed in this document dump that Time magazine’s going to do with the grand jury.”
As Radley Balko says, “If true…holy crap. The summer just got a whole lot more interesting.”
Considering that O’Donnell, a rabid partisan, is the source of this, I’m more skeptical than I would be were Cooper or someone else with more credibility making these charges. Still, while I’m not sure a crime has technically been committed in this matter, I’m not sure how Rove would survive if he’s found to be the leaker here–let alone after having hidden that fact for two years.
Indeed, if Rove is revealed to be the source in the Time memos, only three possibilities present themselves.
- 1. Cooper or others at Time doctored the documents to implicate Rove. (Incredibly unlikely.)
2. Rove lied to the president on this matter.
3. Rove told the president the truth and the president has kept him on, despite the implications.
Any one of these would be quite scandalous. Plus, it’s ruining Steven Taylor‘s vacation.
Update: Jeralyn Merritt says Rove told the FBI that he wasn’t the leaker, meaning he would have committed a federal crime for sure if he is proven to in fact be the leaker.