Daily Briefing: 'The Stars Aligned' For Bush and Roberts

Gonzales informed Card of leak investigation immediately after being notified, but waited 12 hours to tell other White House staffers. Gonzales: "[W]e were advised [by attorneys], go ahead and notify the staff early in the morning, that would be okay." Biden: "Did the chief of staff pick up the phone and call Karl Rove? Did the chief of staff pick up the phone and call anybody else?" [WP]

Democrats hope to turn Roberts' confirmation hearings into "larger philosophical debate with Republicans" ahead of the election. [WP]

Uncertainty about the leak investigation likely to cloud the White House through the fall, or longer if Fitzgerald extends inquiry; inconsistencies between testimonies are examined. [WSJ]

Roberts participated in the Federalist Society from '97-98; he doesn't recall being an official member. [WP]

Senior administration official on Roberts and Bush: "They really clicked well. The president relies on his intuition about people as well as his views on substantive issues. In this case, the stars aligned." [WP]

Bush asked prospective Supreme Court nominees about their childhoods and "major life turning points." [NYT]

Dispute over release of documents related to nominees is ages old; administration will withhold some on Roberts, citing lawyer-client privilege. [NYT, LAT, USAT]

Another profile of Roberts: ready, able, and focused. [LAT]

Senate Intel Committee to question "covert" qualifications of American spies. [NYT]

Energy bill unlikely to protect MTBE manufacturers. [WP, NYT, WSJ]

Gore puts his time and name to Current TV. [NYT]


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