According to Murray Waas, one of the best investigative reporters working in Washington these days, White House presidential guru Karl Rove and right-wing columnist Robert Novak conspired to cover Rove’s involvement in the leaking of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame’s name to the press.
The problem for the White House is that it has so damaged relations with both parties on Capitol Hill that such a farfetched idea of political hanky panky by the White House using FBI agents no longer seems farfetched. This is a president who signed 750 bills with his fingers crossed behind his back, meaning that in separate memos he stipulated that if he didn’t want to enforce them, he wouldn’t.
From the standpoint of public sympathy, the House couldn’t have chosen a worse time to stand on constitutional principle. The voters surely do not share the House members’ outrage at a weekend FBI raid of a congressional office in connection with a spreading influence-peddling investigation that has tarred the whole institution.
The Senate on Thursday passed a sweeping immigration bill that would allow millions of undocumented U.S. residents to seek citizenship, establish temporary guest-worker programs and strengthen border barriers to stem new illegal immigration.
While the leadership of the House of Representatives say they are upset the FBI had the audacity to raid the office of one of their own, corrupt Louisiana Democratic Congressman William Jefferson, other more level-headed members aren’t willing to put their dogs in that fight.