Karl Rove indicted? Maybe, maybe not.
Over the weekend, the progressive blogosphere was hot with the news that Karl Rove had been indicted for some criminal involvement with the leak of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity to Republican news writer Bob Novak, who exposed the CIA agent in his column. Truthout claimed an anonymous source gave information that Karl Rove’s lawyers were served with an indictment of Rove:
“Fitzgerald served attorneys for former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove with an indictment charging the embattled White House official with perjury and lying to investigators related to his role in the CIA leak case, and instructed one of the attorneys to tell Rove that he has 24 business hours to get his affairs in order, high level sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said Saturday morning.
Robert Luskin, Rove’s attorney, did not return a call for comment. Sources said Fitzgerald was in Washington, DC, Friday and met with Luskin for about 15 hours to go over the charges against Rove, which include perjury and lying to investigators about how and when Rove discovered that Valerie Plame Wilson was a covert CIA operative and whether he shared that information with reporters, sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said.”
Karl Rove’s public relations representatives have issued a denial, calling the indictment story, a “complete fabrication… both malicious and disgraceful”.
So, which is it? Was Karl Rove formally charged with a crime on Friday?
We don’t really know. No one from the investigation has confirmed the story, but then again, that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. So, let’s wait and see. If Karl Rove really was indicted, then we all will know with certainty before too long. If Karl Rove wasn’t indicted, that doesn’t mean he won’t be.