Plame Gossip ---- BOOM!
Karl Rove, Deputy White House Chief of Staff and special adviser to President George W. Bush, has recently been providing information to special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in the ongoing CIA leak investigation, sources close to the investigation say.
According to several Pentagon sources close to Rove and others familiar with the inquiry, Bush's senior adviser tipped off Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to information that led to the recent "discovery" of 250 pages of missing email from the office of Vice President Dick Cheney.....
According to one source close to the case, Rove is providing information on deleted emails, erased hard drives and other types of obstruction by staff and other officials in the Vice President's office. Pentagon sources close to Rove confirmed this account.
Now it's gotta be said, Rove's attorney is vehemently denying this, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's not true. It does match the circumstance that the pressure on Rove seems to have abated somewhat, but I would still treat this as rumor.
Wonderful, gossipy, juicy rumor.
UPDATE: Upgrade this from rumor to probable. Steve Clemons has confirmed it through a different source. So, Rove took a deal which involved him giving out pointers on how the VP's office was hiding information and obstructing justice. It's curious that everytime Rove appears on the cusp of indictment, he turns over just a little more information. I wonder if/when Fitzgerald will have squeezed the lemon dry.
The needle has just turned towards the heart of the conspiracy. This means Rove probably walks in some form or another, probation, no jail time, something like that, but somebody, or somebodies, in the VP's office will certainly go down now.
I wonder if Rove discussed the plea deal with Bush.....