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Rove won’t be indicted today, sources tell NBC

Libby expected to face perjury charges; grand jury could be extended


NBC News and news services

Updated: 8:37 a.m. ET Oct. 28, 2005

WASHINGTON - Presidential confidant Karl Rove has been told he will not be indicted Friday but remains under investigation in the case over who leaked the name of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame, sources close to the inquiry told NBC News.

The New York Times, meanwhile, cited sources as saying that Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald was likely to extend the grand jury investigating the exposure beyond Friday, when its two-year term expires.

The Times also cited lawyers involved in the case as saying they expected Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, would be indicted on charges of making false statements to the grand jury.

Cheney arrived at the White House Friday at 6:25 a.m., more than an hour earlier than usual. Libby was seen leaving home about 6:15 a.m., his normal commuting time.

For now, business as usual

On Thursday, Rove attended the daily meeting of the senior staff and met with the president late in the evening, at the end of a day in which the White House dealt with the withdrawal of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers. Libby was said to have passed up the staff meeting to attend a security briefing.

Possible charges are obstruction of justice or perjury, along with possible violations of a law barring disclosure of the identity of a covert intelligence agent.

Some lawyers have raised the specter of broader conspiracy charges as well.

When the investigation began two years ago, a White House spokesman checked with Rove and Libby, then assured the public that neither was involved in leaking Plame’s identity.

In the past month, it was revealed that Libby spoke to New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who says their conversations included Plame’s CIA status.

Rove’s legal problems stem in part from the fact that he failed initially to disclose to prosecutors a conversation in which he told Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper that Plame worked for the CIA. The president’s top political adviser says the conversation slipped his mind.

Columnist Robert Novak revealed Plame’s name and her CIA status on July 14, 2003. That was five days after Novak talked to Rove and eight days after Plame’s husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, published an opinion article in the Times accusing the Bush administration of twisting intelligence to exaggerate the threat posed by Iraq.

Wilson and his supporters have charged the leak of Plame’s name, which ended her ability to work undercover for the CIA, was designed to discredit him and punish him for his criticism and intimidate others inside the government critical of Bush’s Iraq policies.

Uranium yellowcake

Also in the backdrop of Fitzgerald’s investigation is a set of forged documents that stated Iraq was acquiring uranium yellowcake from the African nation of Niger. Wilson had been sent by the CIA to Africa to investigate such reports, later used by Bush to help justify the war in Iraq.

On Thursday, the White House disputed an Italian news report relating to those forgeries, which the FBI is continuing to investigate.

The news report and speculation on Internet blogs have said that National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley may have received bogus information three years ago from an Italian intelligence chief about Iraq’s nuclear ambitions.

National Security Council spokesman Frederick Jones said Hadley met briefly on Sept. 9, 2002, with Nicolo Pollari, the head of Italian military intelligence, but the subject of Iraq’s supposed uranium deal with Niger is not believed to have come up.

The meeting occurred a month before documents, later determined to be forgeries, surfaced in Italy claiming to show Saddam Hussein’s regime had an agreement to buy 500 tons of uranium from Niger. After his trip to Niger, Wilson reported he could not substantiate any uranium sales to Iraq.

The Hadley-Pollari meeting was a courtesy call that lasted fewer than 15 minutes and “no one present has any recollection of yellowcake being discussed or documents being provided,” Jones said.

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Is he the low man on the totem pole who's asked to fall on his sword for the good of the nation? Most of what we read seemed to indicate that there were many more players than a guy named Scooter. Maybe they think he'll get off because of his name. "Scooter," gosh that's cute... how can a guy named scooter be guilty of doing such rotten things... must be the liberal media.

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Not sure this isnt a red herring..

Libby is being indicted on charges he lied to the grand jury because the notes he supplied and the testimony didnt match? I guess I just don't know enough.

Cheney's not being indicted after 2 freakin years and now they want more time...

Can they at least say WHY they want the more time if in two years they can't come up with anything? He either Lied or he didnt lie. Pretty easy to prove/dissprove isnt it?

I'm legally challenged though...

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Not sure this isnt a red herring..

Libby is being indicted on charges he lied to the grand jury because the notes he supplied and the testimony didnt match? I guess I just don't know enough.

If this is true, then the indictment would be for perjury, not for revealing the identity of a government agent.

I'm not a legal type either, but it seems the complication in all of this is pinning a criminal action on any one individual. Clearly a number of individuals did things that are questionable, and the sum effect ended up being something which is likely illegal, but our legal system generally charges individuals with crimes. You can't indict someone for simply doing something questionable if there is no clear breaking of the law.

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This compared to Mark Rich being found to have received kickbacks in Oil for Food Scandal and with Clinton having pardoned him is miniscule.

NBC spin on what Wilson did is interesting considering his report has been proven to be full of inaccuracies if not complete lies. And No one mentions why his wife lobbied for him to go there in the first place.

Could it be that her being a career desk jockey as we see in other places pentagon and state department included didn't want the impending sweeping change to their bureaucracy.

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Now this is funny

I have been sitting here for weeks hoping something would rock Washington and now all we get is that Scooter may have provided things that didn't match? :doh:

What about the great script I came up with a few weeks ago that would lead to Condi becoming President in 2008??


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