Karl Rove had a good evening Monday. According to an AP report,
“On June 12, 2006, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald formally advised us that he does not anticipate seeking charges against Karl Rove,” Luskin said in a statement. Attorney Robert Luskin said that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald informed him of the decision on Monday, ending months of speculation about the fate of one of President Bush’s closest advisers. Rove testified five times before a grand jury.
Another source, Comcast News reports:
The prosecutor called Luskin late Monday afternoon to tell him he would not be seeking charges against Rove. Rove had just gotten on a plane, so his lawyer and spokesman did not reach him until he had landed in Manchester, N.H., where he was to give a speech to state GOP officials.
…the decision not to indict Rove is certain to buoy Republicans, who also got good news in the last week with the military’s killing of most-wanted Iraq terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
“The fact is this, I thought it was wrong when you had people like Howard Dean and (Sen.) Harry Reid presuming that he was guilty,”
Republican Party Chairman Ken Mehlman told Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends” show Tuesday morning.
The Democrats are not likely to be quiet about this. Howard Dean has already weighed in:
“He doesn’t belong in the White House. If the president valued America more than he valued his connection to Karl Rove, Karl Rove would have been fired a long time ago,” said Dean, the Democratic Party chairman, speaking Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show. “So I think this is probably good news for the White House, but it’s not very good news for America.”
The decision has already hit the blogosphere at Austin Bay Blog due to the May 13 truthout.org report claiming Rove would be indicted. and will surely create a heavy discussion on the truthout error. The names of their sources were supposed to be revealed if the story proved untrue.
It will be interesting to see what takes over the news today, Alberto or Rove.