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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, October 27, 2005

NYTimes Libby indicted, Rove not indicted, yet.

The NYTimes has a story up tonight with the headline.

Aide to Cheney Appears Likely to Be Indicted

Then there's this.

Karl Rove, President Bush's senior adviser and deputy chief of staff, will not be charged on Friday, but will remain under investigation, people briefed officially about the case said. As a result, they said, the special counsel in the case, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, was likely to extend the term of the federal grand jury beyond its scheduled expiration on Friday.

Who has been officially briefed, by whom, and under what circumstance?

And of course, "Mr. Fitzgerald's spokesman, Randall Samborn, declined to comment."

Administration officials said that the White House would seek to keep as low a profile as possible if indictments were issued; Scott McClellan, the White House press secretary, did not schedule a briefing for Friday, and Mr. Bush plans to leave in the afternoon for a weekend at Camp David.

And from Rawstory, again grains of salt,

But his office was contacted late Tuesday by attorneys representing figures outside the White House, lawyers said, who expressed interest in entering into plea talks with the prosecutor. Several have agreed to enter into last-minute plea negotiations with Fitzgerald in exchange for providing testimony that could result in criminal charges being brought against additional officials inside the White House, they added.

Rove was offered a deal when his lawyer met with Fitzgerald Tuesday, but did not accept, the sources said. Fitzgerald has sought indictments to charge Rove with perjury and obstruction of justice, they asserted.

An eleventh-hour deal could help Fitzgerald "build a strong case against some very senior officials in the office of the vice president," one attorney said.

Unfortunately it doesn't appear all will be made clear tomorrow. We'll have to wait and see.


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