Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald spent more than half a day Friday at the offices of Patton Boggs, the law firm representing Karl Rove.
During the course of that meeting, Fitzgerald served attorneys for former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove with an indictment charging the embattled White House official with perjury and lying to investigators related to his role in the CIA leak case, and instructed one of the attorneys to tell Rove that he has 24 hours to get his affairs in order, high level sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said Saturday morning.
Robert Luskin, Rove’s attorney, did not return a call for comment. Sources said Fitzgerald was in Washington, DC, Friday and met with Luskin for about 15 hours to go over the charges against Rove, which include perjury and lying to investigators about how and when Rove discovered that Valerie Plame Wilson was a covert CIA operative and whether he shared that information with reporters, sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said.
It was still unknown Saturday whether Fitzgerald charged Rove with a more serious obstruction of justice charge. Sources close to the case said Friday that it appeared very likely that an obstruction charge against Rove would be included with charges of perjury and lying to investigators.
Leopold, who last night reported that Rove’s indictment was imminent, is still so far the lone source on this. Several bloggers and other Internet sites have picked up on Leopold’s reports.
Update: Bill Jempty has done some digging and come up with a 2002 story on Leopold at something called the Guerilla News Network. Leopold, a former WSJ reporter, had broken a big story about Thomas White, Bush’s Secretary of the Army, and a link to Enron. It turns out that his reporting was quite “sloppy” and both Salon and the NYT repudiated him.