[eDebate] the rove indictment

Jake Stromboli infracaninophile
Wed May 24 08:35:06 CDT 2006

weak, reactiv source indicts from those w a cursory understanding of the 
issue are more than welcome as much as they are predictable.    as a dumb 
ass president says: "bring it!"   rove is going to jail and that's all there 
is to it! HA HA HA...the republicans are fucked forever....


Karl Rove Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying to Investigators
????By Jason Leopold
????t r u t h o u t | Report

Saturday 13 May 2006

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald spent more than half a day Friday at 
the offices of Patton Boggs, the law firm representing Karl Rove.

????During the course of that meeting, Fitzgerald served attorneys for 
former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove with an indictment 
charging the embattled White House official with perjury and lying to 
investigators related to his role in the CIA leak case, and instructed one 
of the attorneys to tell Rove that he has 24 business hours to get his 
affairs in order, high level sources with direct knowledge of the meeting 
said Saturday morning.

????Robert Luskin, Rove's attorney, did not return a call for comment. 
Sources said Fitzgerald was in Washington, DC, Friday and met with Luskin 
for about 15 hours to go over the charges against Rove, which include 
perjury and lying to investigators about how and when Rove discovered that 
Valerie Plame Wilson was a covert CIA operative and whether he shared that 
information with reporters, sources with direct knowledge of the meeting 

????It was still unknown Saturday whether Fitzgerald charged Rove with a 
more serious obstruction of justice charge. Sources close to the case said 
Friday that it appeared very likely that an obstruction charge against Rove 
would be included with charges of perjury and lying to investigators.

????An announcement by Fitzgerald is expected to come this week, sources 
close to the case said. However, the day and time is unknown. Randall 
Samborn, a spokesman for the special prosecutor was unavailable for comment. 
In the past, Samborn said he could not comment on the case.

????The grand jury hearing evidence in the Plame Wilson case met Friday on 
other matters while Fitzgerald spent the entire day at Luskin's office. The 
meeting was a closely guarded secret and seems to have taken place without 
the knowledge of the media.

????As TruthOut reported Friday evening, Rove told President Bush and Chief 
of Staff Joshua Bolten, as well as a few other high level administration 
officials, that he will be indicted in the CIA leak case and will 
immediately resign his White House job when the special counsel publicly 
announces the charges against him, according to sources.

????Details of Rove's discussions with the president and Bolten have spread 
through the corridors of the White House, where low-level staffers and 
senior officials were trying to determine how the indictment would impact an 
administration that has been mired in a number of high-profile political 
scandals for nearly a year, said a half-dozen White House aides and two 
senior officials who work at the Republican National Committee.

????Speaking on condition of anonymity Friday night, sources confirmed 
Rove's indictment was imminent. These individuals requested anonymity saying 
they were not authorized to speak publicly about Rove's situation. A 
spokesman in the White House press office said they would not comment on 
"wildly speculative rumors."

????Rove's announcement to President Bush and Bolten comes more than a month 
after he alerted the new chief of staff to a meeting his attorney had with 
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in which Fitzgerald told Luskin that 
his case against Rove would soon be coming to a close and that he was 
leaning toward charging Rove with perjury, obstruction of justice and lying 
to investigators, according to sources close to the investigation.

????A few weeks after he spoke with Fitzgerald, Luskin arranged for Rove to 
return to the grand jury for a fifth time to testify in hopes of fending off 
an indictment related to Rove's role in the CIA leak, sources said.

????That meeting was followed almost immediately by an announcement by 
newly-appointed White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten of changes in the 
responsibilities of some White House officials, including Rove, who was 
stripped of his policy duties and would no longer hold the title of deputy 
White House chief of staff.

????The White House said Rove would focus on the November elections and his 
change in status in no way reflected his fifth appearance before the grand 
jury or the possibility of an indictment.

????But since Rove testified two weeks ago, the White House has been 
coordinating a response to what is sure to be the biggest political scandal 
it has faced thus far: the loss of a key political operative who has been 
instrumental in shaping White House policy on a wide range of domestic 

????Rove testified that he first found out about Plame Wilson from reading a 
newspaper report in July 2003 and only after the story was published did he 
share damaging information about her CIA status with other reporters.

????However, evidence has surfaced during the course of the two-year-old 
investigation that shows Rove spoke with at least two reporters about Plame 
Wilson prior to the publication of the column.

????The explanation Rove provided to the grand jury - that he was dealing 
with more urgent White House matters and therefore forgot - has not 
convinced Fitzgerald that Rove has been entirely truthful in his testimony 
and resulted in the indictment.

????Some White House staffers said it's the uncertainty of Rove's status in 
the leak case that has made it difficult for the administration's domestic 
policy agenda and that the announcement of an indictment and Rove's 
subsequent resignation, while serious, would allow the administration to 
move forward on a wide range of issues.

????"We need to start fresh and we can't do that with the uncertainty of 
Karl's case hanging over our heads," said one White House aide. "There's no 
doubt that it will be front page news if and when (an indictment) happens. 
But eventually it will become old news quickly. The key issue here is that 
the president or Mr. Bolten respond to the charges immediately, make a 
statement and then move on to other important policy issues and keep that as 
the main focus going forward."

????Jason Leopold spent two years covering California's electricity crisis 
as Los Angeles bureau chief of Dow Jones Newswires. Jason has spent the last 
year cultivating sources close to the CIA leak investigation, and is a 
regular contributor to t r u t h o u t. He is the author of the new book 
NEWS JUNKIE. Visit www.newsjunkiebook.com for a preview.

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