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Fitzgerald to decide whether to charge Rove 'within two to three weeks'

Published: Thursday April 27, 2006

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Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special counsel in the CIA leak case, is expected to decide in the next two to three weeks whether to bring perjury charges against Karl Rove, the powerful adviser to President Bush, lawyers involved in the case said Thursday, the NEW YORK TIMES will report Friday.


With the completion of Rove's fifth appearance before the grand jury on Wednesday, Fitzgerald is now believed to have assembled all of the facts necessary to determine whether to seek an indictment of Rove or drop the case.

Lawyers in the case said Fitzgerald will spend the coming days reviewing the transcript of Rove's three hours of testimony on Wednesday and weigh it against Rove's previous statements to the grand jury as well as the testimony of others, including a sworn statement that Rove's lawyer gave to the special counsel earlier this year.

A lawyer with knowledge of the case said that Rove has known for more than a month that he was likely to make another appearance before the grand jury, and that he has known since last fall that he would be subject to further questions from Fitzgerald before he completed his inquiry. Rove was relieved of his day-to-day domestic policy duties at the White House in a staff shake-up last week, but White House officials say that the change in Rove's job was unrelated to his legal complications.