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  •  Good point (4.00)
    That may be really important.

    Particularly since, in that Hadley leak, Rove was likely trying to do something else. I think that's the same leaking where Luskin was trying to get it published that Cooper called Rove about welfare reform. He may have been trying to send Cooper a signal to say that's what the call was about. It didn't work though. Cooper testified that the welfare reform comment came earlier in the week. Rove may have also been trying to send a message with the Hadley info--only to someone else?

    Who knows. I'm agnostic whether we're looking for an NSA, OVP, or OSP as the missing document. They likely all have juicy stuff we'll never get to see.

    Also, this missing document (if there is a missing document) means that Abu Gonzales' involvement is all the more important, because he may have skimmed out that document in the two week period he was reviewing the evidence.

    This is the way democracy ends Not with a bomb But with a gavel -Max Baucus

    by emptywheel on Thu Jul 21, 2005 at 11:59:12 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, that convenient "11 hour gap" (4.00)
      I thought at the time, "Isn't this obstruction of justice on its face?" Oh, well, Gonzales is on record, I think, with the opinion that "The President" can do anything he wants "in time of war."

      The name is not the thing named, the map is not the territory. -- Gregory Bateson

      by semiot on Thu Jul 21, 2005 at 12:05:03 PM PDT

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      •  The e-mail Gonzales sent out to WH folks (4.00)
        said, at the end, something like, "This message has been authorized by the president."  Bush could have delayed the e-mail himself by letting the draft sit in his in-basket for a few hours.  (Maybe his excuse would be he was exercising.)
        •  Didn't realize that (none)
          Maybe BushCo and Abu G were consulting on whether to respond at all. Abu G has also testified. But seeing as how he's a member of the Texas mafia, he probably lied his ass off.

          Good thing SCOTUS has already ruled that discussions between WH Counsel and POTUS are not protected.

          And imagine if that happened. Bush has already paid Abu G off with AG. And clearly wanted to name him for SCOTUS (hell, he still might, although I'd love to question him!!)

          This is the way democracy ends Not with a bomb But with a gavel -Max Baucus

          by emptywheel on Thu Jul 21, 2005 at 12:15:32 PM PDT

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