Hush-Hush: Rove's Security Clearance Renewal
Should White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove be privy to the nation's most sensitive secrets? Did he break trust with President Bush and the nation when he told syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak about Valerie Plame's classified job with the CIA? Did he further erode that trust in 2003 when he told then-White House press secretary Scott McClellan that, as McClellan put it, there was "no truth" to rumors that he played a role in the disclosure of Plame's identity? [...]Cliff may have to share the name "Bulldog" with Waxman. ::sigh:: I love a guy who knows how to face off with a tough opponent. Especially when he's on my side.
In a letter sent last week to White House Counsel Fred F. Fielding, [Henry]Waxman [D-Calif.] alleged that Rove's actions amounted to a violation of presidential guidelines that say "deliberate or negligent disclosure" of classified information can disqualify a staffer from future access to such material. Also being less than forthcoming, even about unintentional breaches, can be cause for revoking a security clearance.