I guess, when I noted in July that Rove was probably counseling Luskin on what to leak more than Luskin was counseling Rove on how to beat the rap, I was late to the party. Because apparently Luskin was leaking profusely--and obstructively--as early as May 2004. At least that's what we can surmise from the news that Viveca Novak (no relation to Bob) of Time magazine has a little appointment with Fitzgerald to talk about the leaking Luskin was doing.
Novak specifically has been asked to testify under oath about conversations she had with Rove attorney Robert Luskin starting in May 2004, the magazine reported.
Novak, part of a team tracking the CIA case for Time, has written or contributed to articles in which Luskin characterized the nature of what was said between Rove and Matthew Cooper, the first Time reporter who testified in the case.
This is the most complete Viveca Novak article I can find on Rove's testimony from 2004. There's nothing of interest, at least not that I can see. The most interesting speculation I've seen is from kathyp at DKos:
May 2004 Cooper was supoened so this timeframe is very interesting. Rove's attorney was talking about Cooper even though they DENIED Rove spoke to Cooper. It wasn't until the attorney Luskin "discovered" an email in October 2004 about Rove meeting with Cooper that a conversation was acknowledged --- and Rove had already met with investigators and testified once before the grand jury, all the while "not recalling" a conversation with Cooper. So how can Luskin be talking about it in May when they denied it ever occured until October.
But while we're discussing Luskin leaks I'd like to look at the leak
Luskin someone close to Rove gave John Solomon right after Rove testified last month.
The article is interesting because it answers a question about the Libby indictment some people have been asking. There was some question as to who was the witness to the following tidbit.
On or about July 10 or July 11, 2003, LIBBY spoke to a senior official in the White House (“Official A”) who advised LIBBY of a conversation Official A had earlier that week with columnist Robert Novak in which Wilson’s wife was discussed as a CIA employee involved in Wilson’s trip. LIBBY was advised by Official A that Novak would be writing a story about Wilson’s wife.
Well duh. It seems obvious that it had to be Rove.(Particularly given the way the indictment doesn't rely on whether Rove told Novak or Novak told Rove--it's enough that the conversation transpired.) And Solomon confirms it:
Rove testified he told Libby about his contact with Novak about two days after it happened.
Libby's testimony stated that Rove had told him about his contact with Novak and that Libby had told Rove about information he had gotten about Wilson's wife from NBC's Tim Russert, according to a person familiar with the information shown to Rove.
That, by itself, is not that interesting But it does raise interesting questions about timing. Solomon doesn't specify during which of Rove's numerous grand jury appearances he was shown the Libby testimony. He says simply, "during one of [Rove's] grand jury appearances." But this story appears on October 19, right after Rove testified for his final time. So I'm guessing he gets shown this Libby testimony during that October appearance.
Presumably, Fitzgerald was asking how Rove could forget a conversation with Matt Cooper if he had had a conversation with Libby about journalists discussing Plame the same day--or the day before--he talked to Cooper about Plame.
But the tidbit appears in an article that includes one other interesting line, restrospectively.
Rove "has always clearly left open that he first heard this information from Libby," said one person directly familiar with Rove's grand jury testimony.
What do you want to bet that Libby and Rove talked about more than how weird it was that these journalists were calling out of the blue to ask about Plame? Never mind, I don't want to take your money.
In other words, in the midst of a leak about the conversations Rove and Libby had about their attack on Wilson, Luskin says--makes sure he's quoted directly, in fact--that Rove may yet blame Libby.
I guess he'd be more likely to do so after Fitzgerald got Rove on perjury charges to related to the Luskin leaks in May 2004.