Bush aide Karl Rove will not be indicted by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald for his role in the Valerie Plame CIA leak controversy, ending months of intense speculation about Rove’s legal fate.
Rove was said to be “elated” by the news, but any White House celebration should be tempered by the sober realization of how close the president’s closest political adviser came to being charged with wrongdoing for not revealing all that he knew about the Plame case. Rove’s ethics also remain under a cloud, tarnished by his reputation for mean-spirited attack politics. And with the trial of Lewis “Scooter” Libby coming up and the possibility that Vice President Dick Cheney will be called to testify, speculation of all kinds is sure to continue.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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