"THE TWELVE HOUR GAP IS WORSE THAN YOU THINK."
From The Carpetbagger Report via Buzz Flash
On Friday, Sept. 26, 2003, the CIA directed the Justice Department to launch a criminal probe into the leak. Three days later, on Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, the WH counsel's office was formally notified about the investigation. And then 12 hours after that, Gonzales told White House staff to preserve materials. In other words, the amount of time Bush aides were given to, perhaps, discard and destroy relevant evidence after the DoJ began its work wasn't just 12 hours; it was several days.
TWELVE HOUR GAP
"BUSH AIDE LEARNED EARLY OF LEAKS PROBE"
More on the Gonzales/Card storyfrom the Washington Post
Gonzales told Andrew Card about the Justice Dept. investigation immediately after being informed about it but waited more than 12 hours to inform the WH staff. Imagine of all the frantic electronic purging and the hum of the paper shredders running non stop. LS
AIDE LEARNED EARLY OF LEAKS PROBE
GONZALES/CARD STORY IN NYT YESTERDAY
GONZALES TELLS CARD OF PROBE
"FOR BUSH, EFFECT OF INVESTIGATION OF C.I.A. LEAK CASE IS UNCERTAIN"
Then there is the broader issue of whether Mr. Bush was aware of any effort by his aides to use the C.I.A. officer's identity to undermine the standing of her husband, a former diplomat who had publicly accused the administration of twisting its prewar intelligence about Iraq's nuclear program.
From the Sunday NYT
PROBE OUTCOME UNCERTAIN FOR BUSH