No Charges for Rove (Video)
Matt Drudge is reporting that Patrick Fitzgerald won’t be seeking charges against Karl Rove for the Valerie Plame investigation.
Robert Luskin, Attorney for Karl Rove today released the following statement:
“On June 12, 2006, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald formally advised us that he does not anticipate seeking charges against Karl Rove.
“In deference to the pending case, we will not make any further public statements about the subject matter of the investigation. We believe that the Special Counsel’s decision should put an end to the baseless speculation about Mr. Rove’s conduct.”
This will no doubt come as a surprise to some pundits out there, who were expecting Fitzgerald to indict Rove. I’d also be willing to bet that there’s quite a few people in the Republican Party who aren’t happy about this turn of events, either. No charges against Rove means that he’s still going to be around, and it’s pretty clear that following the Rove playbook isn’t likely to equal any gains for Republicans in the upcoming elections.
UPDATE (James Joyner): It’s as if they’ve canceled Fitzmas.
Michael Demmons expects mass suicides at YearlyKos.
UPDATE (James Joyner): Meanwhile, Jason Leopold is still citing his usual reliable sources, this time producing an article that is virtually unintelligible. You’d have to be a Florida Masochist to still be reading him at this point.
UPDATE (James Joyner): RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman is having a field day:
“It’s pretty clear that he not only did nothing wrong, but me did everything right in terms of cooperating with this investigation. And what’s so incredible to me is that the folks on the other side of the aisle, people like Howard Dean and Harry Reid, they owe him an apology. They took this good man and they prejudged him.”
Video of his appearance on FOX:
Video of his appearance on CNN:
via RNC email tip.