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.

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Comments

  1. bryan says:

    Unless the indictment breaks some substantial new ground, I can�t see how it would hurt the White House.

    Just the word “indictment” is going to hurt the White House, in that it provides further negative momentum going forward. Plus, if Rove goes, that’s a trusted adviser who won’t be around any more. And you can bet there will be more questions all around for Bush.

  2. Fred says:

    Adding to that, this will just about kill any hope that Bush’s immigration speech is going to last anymore than five minutes after the speech. Tuesday morning will be all Rove, all the time….

  3. Janette says:

    The Left is on fire with this rumor but I’ve yet to find another source other than truthout. It cites “sources” but no one willing to put their name to it.

    If this scandal is about to break why would President Bush schedule a speech on immigration at 8:00 pm on Monday night in the middle of sweeps? It seems that he’d spend next week ducking the cameras not courting them.

  4. Fred says:

    Does this website truthout have a track record of any kind about their reliability? It seems to me if this had any truth and had as many “sources” as truthout claims, other sites like Drudge would be all over this.

  5. Bithead says:

    Well the site is run by Marc Ash, on San Pedro Street in California. I won’t bother listing the phone number, which I have.

    The site is run on a Rackspace server, apparently.

    In any event, Mr. Asch has been rather prolific and writing and I push propaganda for some years, on various sites around the country, such as this one.

    And this one.

    Forgive me, but I find neither the story nor its writer credible.

  6. Bithead says:

    Corrected text…. (Lack of coffee…)

    Well, the site is run by Marc Ash, on San Pedro Street in California. I won�t bother listing the phone number, which I have on file, now.
    The site is run on a Rackspace server, apparently. In any event, Mr. Ash has been rather prolific and writing and pushing anti-Bush propaganda for some years, on various sites around the country, such as this one. And this one.And as for Chris Matthews… and Imus, for that matter….they’re so far off the credibility scale I won’t even bother addressing that one.

  7. Roger says:

    Sounds like Fitzmas in May. Happy holidays to one and all.

  8. Alan says:

    Rove Indicted. Fitzgerald secretly meets with Luskin on Friday.

    http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/051306W.shtml

  9. Roger says:

    “Unless the indictment breaks some substantial new ground, I canâ??t see how it would hurt the White House.”

    You’re such a comedian, James. With material of this quality, you really should take it one the road.