Thursday, May 10, 2007

A senior Bush official is leaking about Gonzales and Rove

Murray Waas with a big story today:
"The Bush administration has withheld a series of e-mails from Congress showing that senior White House and Justice Department officials worked together to conceal the role of Karl Rove in installing Timothy Griffin, a protege of Rove's, as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas."
And lo and behold there's a sieve with a conscience in the executive branch:
Several of the e-mails that the Bush administration is withholding from Congress, as well as papers from the White House counsel's office describing other withheld documents, were made available to National Journal by a senior executive branch official, who said that the administration has inappropriately kept many of them from Congress.

The senior official said that Gonzales, in preparing for testimony before Congress, has personally reviewed the withheld records and has a responsibility to make public any information he has about efforts by his former chief of staff, other department aides, and White House officials to conceal Rove's role.

"If [Gonzales] didn't know everything that was going on when it went down, that is one thing," this official said. "But he knows and understands chapter and verse. If there was an effort within Justice and the White House to mislead Congress, it is his duty to disclose that to Congress. As the country's chief law enforcement official, he has a higher duty to disclose than to protect himself or the administration."
Wow. Someone's clearly had enough of the Gonzales covering for Rove fiasco. And is recognizing the damage these two clowns are causing to the integrity of the justice system and any remaining credibility the Bush administration might salvage over its last year and a half.