Karl Rove is off the hook with respect to the investigation over the Valerie Plame leak.:
Top White House aide Karl Rove will not be charged in an investigation into the leak of a CIA operative’s identity, his lawyer said Tuesday.
“On June 12, 2006, special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald formally advised us that he does not anticipate seeking charges against Karl Rove,” said Robert Luskin in a statement.
Luskin said Fitzgerald’s decision should “put an end to the baseless speculation about Mr. Rove’s conduct.”
For 22 months, Fitzgerald and a grand jury have been trying to determine who told journalists that Valerie Plame was a covert operative for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Here’s Alex Knapp’s take on the situation:
This will no doubt come as a surprise to some pundits out there, who were expecting Fitzgerald to indict Rove. I’d also be willing to bet that there’s quite a few people in the Republican Party who aren’t happy about this turn of events, either. No charges against Rove means that he’s still going to be around, and it’s pretty clear that following the Rove playbook isn’t likely to equal any gains for Republicans in the upcoming elections.
As he was sidelined for a bit, I’m wondering what Rove’s role will now be in the 2006 elections.