RUSH: Now, yesterday afternoon, here’s this press conference with Chuck Schumer and Joe Wilson. I am convinced that Schumer is Wilson’s handler. I am convinced these guys have a relationship that goes back. I think that they have coordinated things and I think Wilson is a party hack of the Democrats and I think he’s been involved in a long-ago hatched plan to try to bring down the Bush administration on the basis of the Iraq war. Remember: When he first went to Niger, he did find evidence that the British intelligence report on the Iraqis attempting to buy or seeking yellow cake uranium was true. He found it, and he was asked to change it and he changed it. He was asked by the Senate Intelligence Committee, ?Why did you change it??
?Well, I might have gotten some dates wrong. I might have forgotten some of the people,? and so forth.
But he’s utterly unreliable, a hundred percent unreliable, and it’s just typical that the left would glom on as some kind of paragon of virtue, somebody who has demonstrated publicly for years that you can’t trust him. This is the last guy you want leading your brigade, and they held right behind him and it’s all because Chuck Schumer is his handler and Chuck wants to be front and center. Chuck’s sitting there thinking, ?Why does Harry Reid get all the attention? Why does Leahy get all the attention? I’m the crack lawyer on this committee. I’m the guy that they ought to be talking to!? So he’s trying to maneuver himself out there, but he, again, has no clue how he appears outside of New York. It’s just not helping at all. Here’s how he opened the press conference yesterday with himself and his ?agent,? if you will — his covert agent. If anybody’s been covert in this whole thing in two years, it’s Joe Wilson. If we can get an idea of what Schumer and Wilson conjured up and cooked up, if anybody’s been behaving in a covert way and trying to keep all the sniffing dogs away from what really went on, it’s Joe Wilson — and here’s how Schumer opened the presser.
SCHUMER: I am pleased to be here today with Ambassador Joe Wilson, but I think we both wish this really weren’t necessary.
RUSH: Stop the tape! Who do you think you’re kidding? You’ve been living for this moment. This was the day that was going to vault you head and shoulders ahead of every other Democrat. You were going to get Karl Rove. It was going to personally be your takedown. You couldn’t have said something more opposite the truth than that, Senator. We both wish this really wasn’t necessary.
SCHUMER: What happened to this man and his family is absolutely abominable, and I have long led the push to get to the bottom of how his wife, an undercover [sic] CIA employee, was exposed for what appeared to be political motivations. I didn’t know Joe Wilson or his wife or have any idea who did the leaks when the day after I read in the newspaper about them, that I called for an investigation.
RUSH: Okay. That’s yesterday. So the New York Times comes out this morning and totally blows Schumer out of the water because it’s clear Rove didn’t learn anything about Wilson’s wife from anybody but a journalist, and he was not calling all over the town trying to leak the information to do any damage. All right. One more bite. Move on to #10 here. If you need any more evidence, here: Go back to CNN and this is Wilson, appearing with Wolf Blitzer, and Blitzer says, “Look, the other argument that’s been made against you, Ambassador Wilson, is that you sought to capitalize on this extravaganza. Having that photo shoot with your wife in Vanity Fair, who was a supposed clandestine officer of the CIA, you’ve tried to enrich yourself writing this book and all that. What do you make of those accusations which are serious accusations, as you know, that have been leveled against you?”
WILSON: My wife was not a clandestine officer the day that Bob Novak blew her identity.
RUSH: Stop the tape! Then what has all of this been about? That’s it. Finit! His wife was not a clandestine officer the day Bob Novak blew her identity. There’s also news all over. In fact, from the Washington Times today, former CIA covert agent who was Valerie Plame’s boss, we mentioned this guy to you the other day. His name is Fred Rustmann, and he was a covert agent for 20 of 24 years, and he said, ?She made no bones about the fact she was an agency employee and that her husband was a diplomat. Her neighbors knew this. Her friends knew it. His friends knew it. A lot of blame could be put onto central cover staff and the agency because they weren’t minding the store here. The agency never changed her cover status whatsoever.? She was never a deep NOC. Her neighbors knew it, his neighbors, their friends knew it. It was all over town. I told you that too at the beginning of this week. And now here you’ve got Wilson himself saying, “My wife was not a clandestine officer the day that Bob Novak blew her identity.” Here’s the rest of that bite.
BLITZER: She hadn’t been a clandestine officer for some time before that.
WILSON: That’s not anything I can talk about.
RUSH: Hold it, hold it, hold it. Stonewall. Anybody — stonewall? Stonewall? We have Scott McClellan-like behavior here. He just goes out and says my wife was not a clandestine officer the day Bob Novak blew her identity. That’s not anything I can talk about. I can’t talk about that. Why not, Joe? You’re talking about everything else and saying whatever you please. Here’s the rest of the bite.
WILSON: I’ll go back to what I said earlier. The CIA believed that a possible crime had been committed and that’s why they referred it to the Justice Department. She was not a clandestine officer at the time that that article in Vanity Fair appeared and I have every right to have the American public know who I am, and not to have myself defined by those who would write the sorts of things that are coming out, being spewed out of the mouths of the RNC.
RUSH: I guess he’s talking about the RNC talking points yesterday which were nothing more than extracts from newspaper articles and the Senate Intelligence Committee report. The man’s pathetic. But he’s typical. He’s typical of the hero the left thinks that they can rally around today. It’s just amazing to watch, folks.