Emptywheel stopped by yesterday and made an important addendum to the Rove timeline: the day before Matt Cooper testified in July 2005, it sure as hell looks like Gold Bars Luskin was trying to coach his testimony in the press. I’ll change the timeline to reflect this, but just to give a quick overview of what "innocent" Karl Rove’s attorney was doing during the summer of 2005:
June 27 — The Supreme Court refuses to hear Matt Cooper’s appeals; it’s the end of the road, and Cooper will now have to testify or go to jail.
June 30 — Time Magazine agrees to hand over Cooper’s notes to Fitzgerald.
July 1 — Lawrence O’Donnell on the McLaughlin Group claims the primary Plame leaker was Rove.
July 2 — Luskin admits to Newsweek that Rove was interviewed by Cooper, but won’t say what happened in the conversation. He says Rove “did not tell any reporter that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA."
July 4 — Luskin on CNN: "Karl did nothing wrong. Karl didn’t disclose Valerie Plame’s identity to Mr. Cooper or anybody else … Who outed this woman? … It wasn’t Karl."
July 6 — Matt Cooper is on his way to jail when Luskin tells the Wall Street Journal: "If Matt Cooper is going to jail to protect a source….it’s not Karl he’s protecting." Cooper’s attorney seizes on that as a waiver. Luskin is surprised when Cooper appears before the judge and says he has "an express personal release from my source."
July 9 — Luskin confirms to Newsweek that Rove was Cooper’s source. They report that the email sent by Cooper indicated Rove said "Wilson’s wife" worked for the CIA and authorized his trip. It’s clear that when Luskin asserted on July 2nd that Rove never said "Valerie Plame" worked for the CIA he was being legalistic and intentionally deceptive.
July 11 — Luskin tells the Washington Post that Rove discussed Plame with Cooper but did not "name" her.
July 12 — According to Matt Cooper, the day before he testified, Luskin went around and told reporters that when he [Cooper] "telephoned Rove that July, it was about welfare reform and that I suddenly switched topics to the Wilson matter.…But I can’t find any record of talking about it with him on July 11, and I don’t recall doing so."
July 13 — Cooper testifies.
July 16 — AP is shown a copy of the Hadley email, in which Rove claims that Cooper called to talk to him about welfare reform (he hadn’t).
July 29 — Rove aides Susan B. Ralson and Israel Hernandez testify before the grand jury.
Sometime in July — Following Cooper’s testimony, Rove volunteers to come in and testify for the fourth time.
Jeralyn has previously outlined what must happen to recant one’s erroneous testimony before the grand jury:
Where, in the same continuous court or grand jury proceeding in which a declaration is made, the person making the declaration admits such declaration to be false, such admission shall bar prosecution under this section if, at the time the admission is made, the declaration has not substantially affected the proceeding, or it has not become manifest that such falsity has been or will be exposed.
Rove’s desire for precious moments before the grand jury always seemed to be motivated by the fact that new evidence was coming to light that would be quite damning. I just do not know how those who continue to assert he will skate do so with a straight face.