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Rove’s Security Clearance Renewal

By Michael A. Fletcher

Monday, July 2, 2007; Page A17
Should White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove be privy to the nation’s most sensitive secrets? Did he break trust with President Bush and the nation when he told syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak about Valerie Plame‘s classified job with the CIA? Did he further erode that trust in 2003 when he told then-White House press secretary Scott McClellan that, as McClellan put it, there was “no truth” to rumors that he played a role in the disclosure of Plame’s identity?

Rove, of course, was investigated by special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald in the CIA leak case but was never charged. His security clearance was renewed after a reinvestigation in late 2006, which has puzzled Rep . Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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