A former government official claims to have testified to the grand jury investigating the leaking of a CIA officer's identity that Karl Rove harped about the "political importance" of countering her husband to colleagues at the White House, according to a front page story set for Monday's Washington Post, RAW STORY has found. Excerpts from the article written by Jim VandeHei:
"Additionally, one former government official said he testified that Rove talked with White House colleagues about the political importance of defending the pre-war intelligence and countering Plame's husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV. It was Wilson who publicly accused Bush of twisting intelligence about Iraq's efforts to obtain nuclear material from Africa. The official refused to be named out of fear of angering Fitzgerald and the White House."
One former aide, who would discuss internal White House discussion only if his name was not used, said Rove was intimately involved in the WMD fight and discussed various components of the plan at senior staff meetings and one-on-one strategy conversations.
The aide said Rove's message was that ``if there are no WMDs and some blame us, it will not be a pleasant election year.'' The aide said Rove talked a lot about Wilson that week, but mostly about the fact he was a Democrat and needed to be rebutted.
Luskin, Rove's attorney, said Rove's focus was not on Wilson
This doesn't look good for Karl Rove. Grand Jury to this affect contradicts Rove's earlier reported testimony. And provides additional clues that the Grand Jury has been focusing on the question of whether to hand up indictments of Karl Rove for perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false states as has been widely reported.
I'm hoping for a grand jury decision on this next week or two. Perhaps, as soon as tomorrow. But Eveleyn Pringle has reported that Fitzgerald's office stated a few weeks back it would give the press 24 hours advanced notice of an announcement press conference. And I presume we will here reports of such a press conference immediately, even if it is supposed to be "blacked out." So it may be too late to expect an announcement for tomorrow.
But, I have to admit, it doesn't make sense to me that if the Grand Jury were to hand down an indictment, that Fitzgerald couldn't march right up to the camera and say so. Maybe some of you lawyers can clarfy this for us. Why would indictments be secret anyway? Oh yeah, so the prosecutor can arrest the criminals. Ha, keep your TVs tuned to CNN tomorrow so you don't miss the long awaited frog march. Can't you just see Karl being draffed out be marshals out kicking and screaming. "Take your hands off me you dirty cops." And spitting at the press. "You liberal media scum make me sick. I'm gonna get you all. You all can rot in pergatory!."
And then Tom Delay drive up with a black van, and Rove makes a run for it. And theres a big shoot out in front of the White House, where President Bush comes out and reiterates his support for Karl Rove. You're doing a heck of a job Karly!"
And I reiterate that I will not have anyone working in the White who still remanins convicted or not pardoned after every appeal has been exhausted.
Apparently, the Prosecutors have made the case and they are discussing it. A majority vote it required for an indictment. And from what I've seen, the evidence looks compelling.