Saturday, October 15, 2005

Rove's Fourth Appearance Is a Long One

Karl Rove made his fourth appearance before the grand jury investigating the leak of Valeria Plame's identity as a CIA operative, and he appears to have spent a fairly significant amount of time answering questions.  Rove arrived at the federal courthouse in Washington D.C. at 9:00 a.m. and didn't leave until after 1:00 p.m.  Even if the entire time was not spent in the grand jury (and I hope they took at least one bathroom break), it appears that Rove's testimony took a great deal of time, at least as compared to other witnesses.  With three prior grand jury sessions and interviews with FBI agents, there was a lot of ground to cover.  Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, stated that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald would not need Rove to testify again -- no great surprise given the grand jury will expire in two weeks (unless extended another six months, which is a possibility if new evidence has emerged) and Rove has probably talked himself out at this point.  Unless there are additional grand jury sessions next week, the issue now shifts to whether Fitzgerald's office will ask the grand jury to return an indictment or he decides not to pursue criminal charges.  Watching a grand jury -- or more appropriately the building where it meets -- is just not all that interesting, however.  Stories from the Washington Post (here) and AP (here) discuss Rove's testimony. (ph)

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