WASHINGTON — Karl Rove and the man who could indict him were in a federal courthouse throughout Friday morning and into the afternoon as President Bush's top political adviser testified in the ongoing investigation into who leaked the identity of a CIA operative.
Rove was in the building for over four hours, and left without speaking to reporters. Instead, his attorney, Robert Luskin, issued a brief statement saying Rove appeared voluntarily.
"Karl C. Rove testified voluntarily today before the grand jury investigating the disclosure of a CIA agent's identity," the statement said. "The Specal Counsel [Patrick Fitzgerald] has not advised Mr. Rove that he is a target of the investigation and affirmed that he has made no decision concerning charges."
Luskin's statement also said Fitzgerald has asked Rove not to discuss his testimony, but did not anticipate the need for Rove to testify further.
Friday was the fourth time Rove has been before that grand jury, which is set to wrap up its term Oct. 28, barring a possible extension.
The investigation centers around the question of who "outed" Valerie Plame as a CIA operative back in 2003 — an action Bush critics say was taken in retaliation for Plame's husband's public criticisms of the White House regarding the Iraq war. Judith Miller, apparently suffering from sudden memory loss, admits that she can't recall another source. Times editors admit that they didn't bother to review Miller's notes. And Valerie Plame's own husband, Joseph C. Wilson, a confirmed liar, who told any and every "reporter" and anyone else who would listen on "background" that his wife was working for the CIA (that's NOT covert!). Yet, Karl Rove is supposed to take the fall for all of this?
Of course he is.