June 13, 2006


Prosecutors Inform Rove He Won't Be Charged in CIA Leak Case (John Solomon, 6/13/06, Associated Press)

Top White House aide Karl Rove has been told by prosecutors he won't be charged with any crimes in the investigation into leak of a CIA officer's identity, his lawyer said Tuesday.

How's that Democrat strategy of running on nothing but "corruption" looking?

No Indictment of Rove in CIA-Leak Case: Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald makes a decision. (Byron York, 6/13/06, National Review)

The key question to be resolved by Fitzgerald was said to be whether to charge Rove in connection with his testimony regarding a brief July 11, 2003, conversation with Time magazine’s Matthew Cooper. In both his interview with the FBI and in his first grand jury appearance, Rove did not tell investigators about the conversation with Cooper. By the time Rove appeared for a second time before the grand jury, Rove had discovered evidence — an internal White House e-mail — showing that he did indeed talk to Cooper. Rove gave the evidence to Fitzgerald, who then questioned him about it at length.

Rove is thought to have testified that he simply did not remember the Cooper conversation until he discovered the e-mail. (Cooper himself described the talk as being about two minutes long and occurring right as Rove was leaving on vacation.) Supporting Rove’s contention was the fact that Rove, apparently, testified from the very beginning that he talked to columnist Robert Novak, which suggested he was not trying to hide his involvement in the case from Fitzgerald.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 13, 2006 7:23 AM

Having recently archived a bunch of old emails, I can concur that this is believable. I hope I never have to testify to how many unanswered emails I've sent to Instapundit over the years.

Posted by: RC at June 13, 2006 8:56 AM

So . . . wonder how truthout.org is spining this.

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 13, 2006 8:58 AM


My guess is that he's guilty, Fitz just couldn't prove it in a court of law.

Posted by: Rick T. at June 13, 2006 9:27 AM

He's Guilty! Guilty I tell you! He's guilty of ..... um being forgetful without a license! Yeah!

Hmm just doesn't have the right ring to it.

Posted by: Jay at June 13, 2006 10:20 AM

This is precisely why I archive e-mail. The memory is there but it needs a key to be activated.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at June 13, 2006 11:30 AM

The worst thing Rove could have done in this instance is out a CIA agent who was already in from the cold if she ever was out there. Pat Leahy outed CIA agents who were killed and he's still bloviating non-stop twenty plus years later.

When is he going to be indicted?

Posted by: erp at June 13, 2006 1:14 PM