John Podesta asks some very good questions over on Think Progress. Now that Karl Rove has given up his policy position (though retaining his title as Deputy Chief of Staff), will he lose his security clearance?
"To this day, Rove has maintained his security clearance in spite of evidence that he mishandled classified information regarding Valerie Wilson's position at the CIA. Rove was named as in the indictment of Scooter Libby as 'Official A.'"
Additionally, does it make sense for him to keep his clearance if he's going to use it for political gain?
"Given Rove's public intentions to make national security the focus of the 2006 elections, the White House should reveal whether Rove will be doing his political job while holding a security clearance."
And I gotta ask if the American taxpayers should PAY for him to smear political foes with privileged information?