Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Attorney Hopes Time Reporter Can Save Rove From Indictment

A Time magazine reporter who recently agreed to testify in the CIA leak case is seen as the only person who can save White House senior advisor Karl Rove from being indicted.

According to a story in today's Washington Post, Time's Viveca Novak has been asked to provide testimony for Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald's two-year-old investigation into the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. The testimony, regarding a conversation she had with Rove attorney Robert Luskin, will come in the next few weeks.

Rove remains under investigation as to whether he provided false statements in the case. He faces being indicted on perjury and obstruction-of-justice charges -- the same charges that Fitzgerald brought against Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

A Post source said that Luskin cited his conversations with Novak -- a friend of Luskin who is not related to the conservative columnist Robert Novak -- in persuading Fitzgerald not to indict Rove in late October, when the prosecutor indicted Libby.

"This is what caused [Fitzgerald] to hold off on charging" Rove, the source said.

Rove has testified that he talked to columnist Robert Novak and Time's Matthew Cooper about Plame's CIA employment. But in his initial conversations with federal investigators and testimony, Rove did not mention the conversation with Cooper, later telling the grand jury he forgot about it and did not intend to mislead anyone. Luskin has worked behind the scenes to convince Fitzgerald that Rove is guilty of nothing more than a faulty memory.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How convenient.
Whenever facing prosecution for lying before a grand jury to cover-up a lie, simply resort to the Regan School of Tactics. Claim a "faulty memory."
Oh well, the plot stonewalls the media and allows an opening for the apologists long enough until the inevitable final convictions.
Maybe the Bushies can delay that event until after the elections in 2006 -- even after the elections 2008. We've already read the reports that they had teamed up with Newsweek and other media sources to ensure the stonewalling of the conclusion of Fitzgerald's investigation until after the Nov. 2004 election.
More harmful lies to aid the lyers so they can remain in control.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous ash said...

Just what this country needs - one more journalist more interested in power (read: access) than truth.

5:05 PM  

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