Sunday, May 14, 2006

All Roads Lead to Dick

I haven't seen this reported anywhere in the media, but this story in Truthout, by Jason Leopold, Karl Rove Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying to Investigators, has been making the rounds in the blogworld. According to the report:

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 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 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 said.

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.

At this point, that news is gossip, pure and simple. What is true, however, as blogger Needlenose has posted in The trail of Plame leads straight to Dick Cheney, is that the role of Dick Cheney in the CIA Leak case is being closely scrutinized. Not surprisingly, Cheney was deeply involved in this from the very beginnng. See also, Newsweek's report by Mike Isikoff in A Fresh Focus on Cheney.

For a summary of the latest news on the CIA Leak Case, see FireDogLake here, Part I, and here, Part II, as well as The Next Hurrah. Actually, they are both the places to go generally for the best analysis of the case.

UPDATE: Jeralyn Merritt of TalkLeft provides an update on the status of the alleged Rove indictment. Not unexpectedly, Rove's people are denying the report by Leopold.

However, since the Rove Way is to lie, spin & repeat, who could ever believe a word they say? Whenever I read anything coming from a Bush/Rove source, I assume that there is some attempt to manipulate the truth. They've worked very, very hard to earn that reputation and they surely excell at it.

In any event, time will tell.

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