June 13th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Rove Escapes

The news today is that Karl Rove will not be indicted by Patrick Fitzgerald. I'll be back later with more on this. But first thought: that doesn't mean that Rove and the White House didn't do anything wrong. In fact, the White House falsely stated that (a) Rove (and Scooter Libby) were not involved in the leak and (b) that anyone involved would no longer work in the White House. Rove did tell two reporters (Robert Novak and Matt Cooper) about Joe Wilson's wife's employment at the CIA (undeniably classified information). And he's still working at the White House. What does that say about the man in charge of the White House?

More to come....


Chris Keeley

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Federal Prosecutors Decide Not to Indict Karl Rove in CIA Leak Case

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

the administration's mindset, we see that Dick Cheney and Scooter Libby and Karl Rove and others, were very concerned with undermining Joe Wilson because, you know, while a lot of the other indications that they had misled or had exaggerated the intelligence before the war were coming out in anonymous leaks from the C.I.A. Joe Wilson was very public, getting a lot of attention and was -- had really become the point of the spear in the attack on the administration.


Federal prosecutors have decided not to charge President Bush’s top advisor Karl Rove with any crimes in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. The prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has made no official statement but Rove’s attorney said early this morning that Fitzgerald announced the decision in a letter to him on Monday. [includes rush transcript]


Rove had been at the center of the investigation for over two years and had been forced to testify on five occasions to a federal grand jury on his role in the outing of Plame, who was the wife of Iraq war critic Ambassador Joseph Wilson.

To date only one person in the Bush administration has been indicted in the leak case – Lewis Scooter Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff.

  • David Corn, Washington editor of The Nation magazine. He runs a blog at DavidCorn.com. He is writing a book about the selling of the Iraq war and the CIA leak case.
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