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Karl Rove And The Case Of The Missing Email

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Sounds like a case for the Hardy Boys, right? Well, it’s actually the title of a new article from Newsweek.

Heh.

So then, the Architect has been called to testify before the grand jury again, and it appears that a faulty keyword search for an email could be to blame.

From Newsweek:

The White House’s handling of a potentially crucial e-mail sent by senior aide Karl Rove two years ago set off a chain of events that has led special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to summon Rove for a fourth grand jury appearance this week.

What does this mean? Well, Rove has told his lawyer that Cooper pushed him about the Niger investigation and if it was hurting the President. Rove reportedly didn’t take the bait. However, the email Rove sent to deputy national-security adviser Stephen Hadley on July 11th, that spoke about not taking the bait, wasn’t found until intially.

Why?

The lawyer says it’s because an electronic search conducted by the White House missed it because the right “search words” weren’t used.

You know why this argument is HIGHLY suspect? Because most modern email clients allow you to not only search for keywords, but also search a specific date the email was written. Going through the emails from that week would hardly be a large undertaking, because they could have searched for all the emails Rove sent that week and all emails Hadley received that week.

Does this mean that Rove is lying? No. But to think that people couldn’t figure out how to search by date either says something about the people working in the White House or the type of technology the White House is using.

So why exactly is the email so important?

…[L]awyers close to the case, who asked not to be identified because it’s ongoing, say Fitzgerald appears to be focusing in part on discrepancies in testimony between Rove and Time reporter Matt Cooper about their conversation of July 11, 2003. In Cooper’s account, Rove told him the wife of White House critic Joseph Wilson worked at the “agency” on WMD issues and was responsible for sending Wilson on a trip to Niger to check out claims that Iraq was trying to buy uranium. But Rove did not disclose this conversation to the FBI when he was first interviewed by agents in the fall of 2003â€â€?nor did he mention it during his first grand jury appearance, says one of the lawyers familiar with Rove’s account.

Oh, and Judith Miller recently discovered some notes about a conversation she had with Scooter Libby.

What a mess…