Rove off the Hook

Karl Rove is off the hook with respect to the investigation over the Valerie Plame leak. From CBC News:

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.

Stephen Gordon

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  1. I dont know what his role is going to be, but my role is to work to make the LP effective enough so that Rove can never call the LP “pissants” ever again.

  2. w00t! good news for the LP. “give me your tired, your poor, your teeming masses striving to be free”. Rove for RNC chairman! One more Rove-tinkered election and the LP will be a major party in no time flat. The ones that can see the light soon will if Rove keeps it up, those that can’t are sheeple anyways and not worth it

  3. According to CBS:

    “I’ve never seen, frankly, someone involved in an investigation of this kind given so many chances to continually correct and amend prior testimony. There are many prosecutors who would have indicted Rove on his first statement,” George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley told CBS Radio station WBZ. “He was given a great deal of deference and quite frankly, assistance, by the prosecutor.”

  4. The MoonBatCrats support the enemy on a daily basis while attacking America at every turn. Pretty much modus operandi for the Dean-Screamer party these days. Rove declared innocent and KOS-Mo-Crats falling off the deep end with the death of Zarqawi, William Jefferson looming over them and now their corrupt and false accusations of an innocent American fails.

    Condolences to our friends on the Left for such a bad week so far – starting with our troops taking out Zarqawi.

  5. This will no doubt come as a surprise to some pundits out there, who were expecting Fitzgerald to indict Rove.

    I can’t believe any thinking person really believed an Administration official would be held to any legal standard.

    We should all realize by now that both the President and his Praetorian Guard have the Constitutional authority to do whatever they wish. Although to prove such legal authority would divulge state secrets, so we’ll just take them at them word. God-fearing GOP members would never lie–that’s a sin.

  6. I’m glad he wasn’t indicted because in this particular instance, I don’t think he actually commited a crime. Oh, I’m sure he’s done something, but Plame herself was not an undercover agent at the time of her outing, and had not been for years, making any outing of her completely legal, though still as unethical and bastardly as possible. Personally I don’t think being a bastard should be a crime where you serve time, and I’d rather he be nailed on a real crime.

  7. In case anyone was still laboring under the misconception that we have a government of laws, not men.

  8. Mitchell,

    It was reported as a reaction to the polling done in New Mexico on Badnarik in the 2004 campaign. I ont have the exact link becuase it’s was off the blognarik section of his 2004 website. It might still be there.