Friday, April 21, 2006

So When Does The Rove Indictment Come Down?

I caught David Shuster's CIA leak case report on the midnight repeat of Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Shuster made three important points about Karl Rove's involvement in the case:

1. Rove remains a subject of the investigation (as Jason Leopold reported yesterday at Truthout.)
2. Rove is not going to be called as a witness for the prosecution in the Scooter Libby trial, most likely because the special prosecutor plans on indicting Rove some time in the future.
3. Rove is called "Official A" in the Scooter Libby indictment, and any time Fitzgerald has referred to somebody in court documents as "Official A," that person eventually gets indicted.

The CIA leak grand jury meets on Wednesdays and Fridays. The Note reports the grand jury is meeting today.

Jason Leopold reported yesterday that Fitzgerald told the grand jury on Wednesday that he plans on prsenting them with a list of criminal charges he intends to file against Rove "in hopes of having the grand jury return a multi-count indictment against Rove."

That day wouldn't be today, would it?

I've had a pretty shitty week and boy, I gotta tell you, a Rove indictment in the CIA leak case sure would make it all better.

But I guess if the indictments were really coming down soon, Rove's lawyer, Robert "Goldbars" Luskin, and other Rove allies would be leaking like a roof in a Toll Brothers house during a hurricane.

So I'll just have to wait for a bit and console myself with the knowledge that any time Fitzgerald has referred to a person as "Official A" in a criminal indictment, that person eventually went on to be indicted.

Guess I'll have a better weekend than Karl Rove or Bob Ney.

UPDATE: Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake says we shouldn't get our hopes up for a Rove indictment any time soon. She notes that the trial documents that refer to Rove as a "subject" in the investigation (as opposed to the more benign term "witness") were actually filed by Libby's lawyers, not Fitzgerald, and have more to do with Libby's graymail defense strategy to tie the trial up with document fishing expeditions than they do with how Fitzgerald views Rove's status in the investigation.

Hamsher does think Rove will be indicted but:

this may be a long game, one that plays out over years and that frustrates a lot of people who want justice NOW. Those frustrations are only exacerbated by people who try to feed public hunger for this case by printing dubiously sourced stories that consistently get the facts wrong. We don’t leap every time someone yells "boo" about this story, nor should you.

Fair enough.

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