Susan Ralston May Be More than a Footnote

WASHINGTON (Asian Times) Dec. 16 — Is Filipina American Susan Ralston still on the job at the White House as a top assistant to both President Bush and his closest aide, Karl Rove. The Philippine News beat the nation’s daily papers to a scoop on Dec. 7, by reporting that Ralston was leaving the White House to work at the Commerce Department for David Bohigian?

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Special Assistant to the President and Assistant to Karl Rove,
Susan B. Ralston celebrates with Augustus Alzona

Ralston’s departure could be interpreted as bad news for Rove, both because of her legendary organizational skills, and because her testimony to the grand jury investigating the leaking of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson’s name to the public could cause legal difficulties for Rove.

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Ralston testified this time that Rove specifically instructed her to not log a July 2003 phone call that Rove had with Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper.

In her first grand jury testimony in August, Ralston, who screened all calls to Rove, said the call was not logged because the reporter had phoned in through the White House switchboard, and then transferred to Rove’s office (instead of calling directly).

According to the investigative website Raw Story, however, the prosecutor obtained documentary evidence which proved that other calls transferred to Rove’s office by the switchboard were logged. It was this information that prompted Ralston to “clarify” her August testimony.

Abramoff’s White House Connections

“Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason?
For if it prosper, none dare call it treason.”


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