Thursday, October 06, 2005

Karl Rove and target letters

The Note referenced the following from Reuters:

More from Reuters: "Fitzgerald could announce plea agreements, bring indictments, or conclude that no crime was committed. By the end of this month he is expected to wrap up his nearly two-year-old investigation into who leaked CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity."

And a bit more: "Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, declined to say whether his client had been contacted by Fitzgerald. In the past, Luskin has said that Rove was assured that he was not a target."

And now we see this filed moments ago by the AP:

The people, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because of grand jury secrecy, said Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has not made any decision yet on whether to file criminal charges against the longtime confidant of President Bush or anyone else.

The U.S. attorney's manual requires that prosecutors not bring witnesses before a grand jury if there is a possibility of future criminal charges unless the witnesses are notified in advance that their testimony can be used against them in a later indictment.

Rove has already made at least three grand jury appearances and his return at this late stage in the investigation is unusual.

The prosecutor did not give Rove similar warnings before his earlier grand jury appearances.

And an NYU law professor's two cents:

''It suggest Fitzgerald has learned new information that is tightening the noose,'' Gillers said. ''It shows Fitzgerald now, perhaps after Miller's testimony, suspects Rove may be in some way implicated in the revelation of Plame's identity or that Fitzgerald is investigating various people for obstruction of justice, false statements or perjury. That is the menu of risk for Rove.''


Blogger Bassizzzt said...

I have a distinct feeling that this will all be over with before the end of the year and nothing will come of it.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous F.D.S. said...

On the other hand, Bush might lose his closes aid to his own inquiry. Certainly, if you watch the West Wing, it's all possible.

10:58 AM  
Blogger copy editor said...

We may know the (initial) results this week.

9:44 AM  

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