Byron York - Cooper "burned" Karl

Lawyer: Cooper “Burned” Karl Rove

Byron York of National Review talks with Karl Rove's lawyer, Robert Luskin, about the "who called who" first in the Plame saga. Which in my estimating pretty much implodes the Democratic Rant to fire Karl. Keep in mind that the MSM has been reporting this story as if Karl Rove picked up the phone and called Cooper.

Excerpt: "The lawyer for top White House adviser Karl Rove says that Time reporter Matthew Cooper "burned" Rove after a conversation between the two men concerning former ambassador Joseph Wilson's fact-finding mission to Niger and the role Wilson's wife, CIA employee Valerie Plame, played in arranging that trip. Nevertheless, attorney Robert Luskin says Rove long ago gave his permission for all reporters, including Cooper, to tell prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald about their conversations with Rove.

In an interview with National Review Online, Luskin compared the contents of a July 11, 2003, internal Time e-mail written by Cooper with the wording of a story Cooper co-wrote a few days later. "By any definition, he burned Karl Rove," Luskin said of Cooper. "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."

Here is the "nuker"...

"Luskin told NRO that the circumstances of Rove's conversation with Cooper undercut Time's suggestion of a White House "war on Wilson." According to Luskin, Cooper originally called Rove — not the other way around — and said he was working on a story on welfare reform. After some conversation about that issue, Luskin said, Cooper changed the subject to the weapons of mass destruction issue, and that was when the two had the brief talk that became the subject of so much legal wrangling. According to Luskin, the fact that Rove did not call Cooper; that the original purpose of the call, as Cooper told Rove, was welfare reform; that only after Cooper brought the WMD issue up did Rove discuss Wilson — all are "indications that this was not a calculated effort by the White House to get this story out."

Check out the rest of the article, it's just one of many such "pieces of the puzzel" that are bringing more things to light.

PS: How the Other side is taking it: Think Progress isn't impressed but spins the same lie the MSM is reporting:

"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“

Which is absolutely true. He didn't leak her name. Nothing (NADA) tells us that at this point.

So What's the beef chief? Seems from perusing the lefty blogs they are beginning to panic that this is just going to blow away - as it should.