Tuesday, December 13, 2005
CIA LEAK UPDATE: CLOSING IN ON POSSIBLE ROVE INDICTMENT
The Raw Story | Fitzgerald to brief grand jury Wednesday
By Jason Leopold
Jason Leopold reports that, according to "sources close to the investigation," Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will appear before the grand jury tomorrow (Wednesday) morning to present additional evidence "that could result in an indictment being handed up against White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove."
Sources added that Fitzgerald, who expects to wrap up the Rove portion of the case before the end of the year, "intends to present the grand jury with the sworn testimony from Rove’s attorney Robert Luskin, and Time magazine reporter Viveca Novak. The sources close to the case said Fitzgerald is still intent on seeking an indictment against Rove on at least one count of making false statements to FBI and Justice Department investigators when he was first interviewed in early October 2003 about his role in the leak.
A week ago, Fitzgerald briefed the second grand jury hearing evidence in the leak case for more than three hours. During that time, he brought them up to speed on the latest developments involving Rove and at least one other White House official, the sources said. The attorneys refused to identify the second person." Read more.
UPDATE: t r u t h o u t - Joe Conason | Rove's Moment of Truth?
"To believe his various tales about his involvement in the Plame affair requires ignoring some glaring facts.
Stripped of deniability in the CIA leak investigation, the Bush White House now must confront the increasing possibility that the president's top political advisor will be indicted sometime soon for testifying falsely about his role in that affair.
The notion that Karl Rove would escape all responsibility for outing Valerie Plame's CIA identity - and then lying brazenly about his actions - always deserved to be treated with skepticism. Following the indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Rove's public relations apparatus accelerated the spinning of the national press corps with claims of innocence - or if not innocence, then at least immunity from successful prosecution...."