Rove Heard It From a Journalist? Don’t Be So Sure

Ken Mehlman has a new favorite talking point. In interviews today, he’s been repeating the claim that Karl Rove was ‘exonerated’ by this morning’s New York Times, purportedly because Rove was first given Valerie Plame’s name by a journalist. Here’s Mehlman on CNN today:

“What this [NYT] story shows you, again, in my judgment, exonerates Karl Rove. What it says is Karl Rove wasn’t the leaker, he was actually the recipient of the information, not the provider.”

But we don’t actually know that Rove learned of Plame’s name from a journalist. See this quote (noted by’s War Room) from a source close to the investagation, in this morning’s Washington Post:

“I don’t think that [Rove] has a clear recollection,” the lawyer said. “He’s told them that he believes he may have heard it from a journalist.”


Talk about parsing…