Rove Informs White House He Will Be Indicted, Will Resign
Karl Rove is about to be indicted and will soon resign, reports something called “Truthout.”
Within the last week, Karl Rove told President Bush and Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, as well as a few other high level administration officials, that he will be indicted in the CIA leak case and will immediately resign his White House job when the special counsel publicly announces the charges against him, according to sources.
Details of Rove’s discussions with the president and Bolten have spread through the corridors of the White House where low-level staffers and senior officials were trying to determine how the indictment would impact an administration that has been mired in a number of high-profile political scandals for nearly a year, said a half-dozen White House aides and two senior officials who work at the Republican National Committee.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, sources confirmed Rove’s indictment is imminent. These individuals requested anonymity saying they were not authorized to speak publicly about Rove’s situation. A spokesman in the White House press office said they would not comment on “wildly speculative rumors.” Rove’s attorney, Robert Luskin, did not return a call for comment Friday.
Rove’s announcement to President Bush and Bolten comes more than a month after he alerted the new chief of staff to a meeting his attorney had with Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in which Fitzgerald told Luskin that his case against Rove would soon be coming to a close and that he was leaning toward charging Rove with perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators, according to sources close to the investigation.
I’m unable to find corroboration in a more well known source, although Chris Matthews predicted an indictment as early as today on the Imus show this morning.
Unless the indictment breaks some substantial new ground, I can’t see how it would hurt the White House. The surrounding scandal has already done substantial damage and the president’s approval ratings are already abysmal. Obviously, though, an indictment of his closest advisor helps prevent the numbers from rebounding.