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Paper: Fitzgerald considering perjury, obstruction charges against Rove

Published: Wednesday April 26, 2006

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Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is said to be mulling perjury or obstruction of justice charges according to Thursday's Los Angeles Times, RAW STORY can report. Excerpts follow.

Also, according to the Washington Post, Rove is said to be 'unsure' if he will be indicted and spent three hours before the grand jury.

Rove for the first time partly waived his attorney-client privilege to detail conversations he had with his attorney, Robert Luskin, about the leak and his knowledge of it, a source told the Post.

The Post: "Rove's testimony focused almost exclusively on his conversation about Plame with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper in 2003 and whether the top aide later tried to conceal it, the source said. Rove testified, in essence, that "it would have been a suicide mission" to "deliberately lie" about his conversation with Cooper because he knew beforehand that it eventually would be revealed, the source said. Lawyers said yesterday that they expect a decision on Rove's fate soon."

The LA Times:


White House political advisor Karl Rove today went to a courthouse where he testified for the fifth time before a federal grand jury investigating his role in the CIA leak case.

"He's testifying now, and is doing so voluntarily," Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Rove, told Bloomberg news service.

After several hours, Rove was photographed leaving the courthouse. It was not known whether he would return.

Rove has been under scrutiny over whether he promptly disclosed to investigators and the grand jury conversations he had with journalists about CIA officer Valerie Plame, whose identity was leaked to the media in the summer of 2003. It is a crime to disclose the identity of a covert CIA agent.

Special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald is believed to be considering perjury or obstruction charges against Rove or charges that he offered misstatements to investigators.