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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The Fitzmas that wasn't

There are lots of unhappy faces in blogland today:

Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has told White House aide Karl Rove that he does not expect to seek charges against him in connection with the CIA leak case, Rove's lawyer said today.

In a statement this morning, Robert Luskin, Rove's attorney, said that Fitzgerald "has formally advised us that he does not anticipate seeking charges" against Rove.

Valerie Plame's attorney, however, is hinting at the possibility of bringing a civil suit against Rove, and not for the first time.

While it appears that Mr. Rove will not be called to answer in criminal court for his participation in the wrongful disclosure of Valerie Wilson's classified employment status at the CIA in retaliation against Joe Wilson for questioning the rationale for war in Iraq, that obviously does not end the matter. The day still may come when Mr. Rove and others are called to account in a court of law for their attacks on the Wilsons.

There's plenty of talk about what might really be happening in the Plame investigation-- maybe Rove cut a deal and he's talking, or maybe he's just been given a temporary reprieve. But I'm not following any of that. Not only has the Fitzgerald team been incredibly leak-resistant, but I don't need the added aggravation in my life. When he's indicted, he's indicted. Otherwise he isn't.