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Sunday, May 14, 2006

If not Monday.............................

Seen on White House staff on weekend runs and
sport outings

Truthout reporting Karl Rove HAS BEEN INDICTED.
by Scout Finch [Subscribe]
Sat May 13, 2006 at 02:26:19 PM PDT

Forgive the brief diary, especially for my first, but this seemed too good to be buried at the bottom of the mid-day open thread.

According to Jason Leopold , Karl Rove was notified that he has been indicted and an announcement from Fitz is forthcoming.


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 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.

Ok, given the seriousness of Rove's job and the implication of his indictment, the highest White House official to be charged with a felony since Watergate, giving him the weekend before announcing his indictment is logical. It probably came back Friday night,which is why he had to wait until today to inform Rove's lawyers.

People wonder about the sourcing, but considering the number of people, from US Marshals to paralegals who know parts of the puzzle, this could be accurate or not,or off a day or so. But no one is saying Rove isn't going to be indicted.

I know people are skeptical about anyone ever being punished for Bush's deeds, but a ship can take only so many holes before it starts to sink. Rove's indictment is a massive deal.

To indicate how many problems Bush has, while some people think his Monday speech is a plan to take the focus off Rove, considering how fierce opposition to Bush's guest worker to citizenship plan is on the right, he has to stem that leak as well. It's no longer something he can ignore.

They've tossed away the Hispanic vote, they desperately need to shore up the GOP base to have any hopes of staving off a disaster.

Only problem, this could lead to a tragedy, with Guardsmen and immigrants wandering around at night on the border. After that, this hairbrained scheme could seal Bush's fate with Hispanic voters.

posted by Steve @ 12:10:00 AM

12:10:00 AM

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