Remember the 12 hour gap that then Attorney General John Ashcroft mysteriously granted then White House chief counsel Alberto Gonzales before he was obliged to let the White House know that a criminal investigation had been opened and that evidence had to be secured?
Yes, I know, the bullshit gets so thick it's hard sometimes to keep all the horrifying details straight.
This was regarded as eye-brow raising "irregular" at the time but quickly got dropped by the lap-dog Washington press, who adopted a tone of "why, to believe that the Justice Department would conspire
with the White House to obstruct
a criminal investigation is just so out-there it is beneath our contempt to speculate on". I believe the official line was that Gonzales was originally contacted, like, in the evening and all, and it would have been a terrible burden to get everybody at the White House all riled up when they had already had their hot milk and bed time stories, so best to just sleep on it and get a fresh start in the morning.
Isn't the criminal justice system fun when you get to make up your own rules as you go along?
Anyhoo, turns out now Attorney General Alberto Gonzales went on "Face the Nation"
this morning and admitted that the first thing he did after getting his dumbfounding "window of opportunity" from Daddy Ashcroft is run tell White House Chief of Staff Andy Card
. Who no doubt said, "Huh, I'll get right on that in the morning" before hitting the sack.
It's a pretty damaging admission, so you'd have to assume that the White House knows that this will come out and wanted to slip it in early with plenty of "oh, that's perfectly normal and doesn't indicate any foul play or nothin' like that" context.
From the linked article:
The White House did not immediately respond to questions Sunday about whether Card passed that information to top Bush aide Karl Rove or anyone else, giving them advance notice to prepare for the investigation, the Associated Press reported after Gonzales' revelation.
Appearing on the same CBS show immediately following Gonzales, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Dela.) said: "The real question now is, 'Who did the chief of staff speak to?'"
Who indeed? It's going to be a tough sell to claim that he kept it to himself, and an even tougher sell to claim that once he did tell "someone" that that same someone immediately commenced preserving evidence.