Byron York just published an article based on a new interview with Rove’s lawyer, Robert Luskin. It represents a new evolution for the Rove spin machine. Now, it’s Matt Cooper’s fault. Here is what Luskin told York:
If you read what Karl said to him and read how Cooper characterizes it in the article, he really spins it in a pretty ugly fashion to make it seem like people in the White House were affirmatively reaching out to reporters to try to get them to them to report negative information about Plame.
It’s hard to see how this is relevant. The issue isn’t how Cooper treated Rove. It’s that Rove leaked the identity of an undercover CIA agent to Cooper. It’s also notable that Luskin has dropped Rove’s original spin, which was “I didn’t know her name and I didn’t leak her name“:
Luskin told NRO that Rove is not hiding behind the defense that he did not identify Wilson’s wife because he did not specifically use her name. Asked if that argument was too legalistic, Luskin said, “I agree with you. I think it’s a detail.”
Oh, and by the way, Luskin added that Fitzgerald told him Rove is a “subject” of the investigation.
When will Rove stop attacking others and start taking responsibility for his own actions.