Not a “Shred of Evidence” in Those Docs


Here at TPM we were honored this year to receive The Week magazine’s “Blogger of the Year” award for our reporting on the US Attorneys scandal. One thing I wanted to make clear: I very much wanted to be at the awards ceremony in DC Tuesday night. But my wife is due to give birth to our second child in just a few weeks. And I didn’t feel comfortable going out of town so close to the big day. In any case, I was reading this item in Mary Ann Akers The Sleuth blog in the Post. And apparently there was a funny, awkward moment at the ceremony since Karl Rove was there to appear on a panel. I’ll pick it up from Akers …

Marshall won the award for his relentless coverage of the U.S. attorneys firings scandal — and the White House’s behind-the-scenes role in the firings.

Since Rove himself was accused of having a role in the firings, the moment was a bit awkward.

Marshall, who also won a George Polk Award for his work on the story, posted thousands of internal Justice Department e-mails and memos on his blog, which became mandatory reading for anyone following the unfolding scandal.

Just as Marshall was being extolled Tuesday night, Rove, who was subpoenaed by the Senate during the height of the brouhaha, was overheard saying, “There wasn’t a shred of evidence in those documents.”

That does strike me as a very narrow and technical sort of self-exculpation, no?

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