In a washingtonpost.com discussion, Richard Cohen asserted that Lewis "Scooter" Libby "didn't commit the original crime" in the CIA leak case because he wasn't Robert Novak's source for the column that disclosed Valerie Plame's identity. However, Libby did leak Plame's identity to other reporters. Cohen also falsely claimed that Plame was not "covert." An unclassified summary of Plame's CIA employment established that she was, in fact, a covert CIA employee.
On Fox News, Jeffrey Birnbaum asserted that the indictment of Rep. William Jefferson "makes the allegations of corruption bipartisan." However, at least nine Republican members of Congress and Bush administration officials have been indicted or pleaded guilty to criminal charges.
The Washington Post and The New York Times reported the Justice Department's assertion that during a conversation in March, Alberto Gonzales was not trying to influence Monica Goodling's memory of the circumstances surrounding the U.S. attorney firings. But neither the Post nor the Times noted that the occurrence of the conversation itself appears to contradict Gonzales' congressional testimony that he had not spoken about the firings with anyone involved.