The Rove Who Stole Fitzmas

by John Hawkins | June 13, 2006 12:49 pm

Oh, it’s a sad day for liberals everywhere because there is not going to be a Fitzmas in June, July, August or any other month for Karl Rove[1]:

” Top White House aide Karl Rove has been told by prosecutors he won’t be charged with any crimes in the investigation into the leak of a CIA officer’s identity, his lawyer said Tuesday, lifting a heavy burden from one of President Bush’s most trusted advisers.

Attorney Robert Luskin said that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald informed him of the decision on Monday, ending months of speculation about the fate of Rove, the architect of Bush’s 2004 re-election now focused on stopping Democrats from capturing the House or Senate in this November’s elections.
…The prosecutor called Luskin late Monday afternoon to tell him he would not be seeking charges against Rove. Rove had just gotten on a plane, so his lawyer and spokesman did not reach him until he had landed in Manchester, N.H., where he was to give a speech to state GOP officials.

“We believe the special counsel’s decision should put an end to the baseless speculation about Mr. Rove’s conduct,” Luskin said.”

If you’re a Republican you gotta love it because you know if this shirt existed, Karl Rove would be wearing it today:

Update #1: Remember what Jason Leopold over at Truthout said back in May? Ok, maybe you don’t. Back on May 13, 2006 — Leopold wrote this[2]:

“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 business hours to get his affairs in order, high level sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said Saturday morning.”

This story was an enormous story in the liberal blogosphere and that’s understandable because this would have been a huge scoop for Truthout…if any of it had been true. But, as day after day passed without Rove getting frogmarched anywhere, people, quite understandably, started to doubt the veracity of the story. If Rove was indicted, why weren’t there any signs? So, what was the Truthout response to this? They upped the ante[3]:

We know that we have now three independent sources confirming that attorneys for Karl Rove were handed an indictment either late in the night of May 12 or early in the morning of May 13. We know that each source was in a position to know what they were talking about.

…Further – and again this is “What We Believe” – Rove may be turning state’s evidence. We suspect that the scope of Fitzgerald’s investigation may have broadened – clearly to Cheney – and according to one “off the record source” to individuals and events not directly related to the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. We believe that the indictment which does exist against Karl Rove is sealed.

So, what’s their reaction today? From the TPMmuckraker:[4]

“But — the one publication to report, repeatedly, that Rove was definitely going to be indicted — isn’t buying it.

I reached Truthout editor Marc Ash on his cel phone this morning. “I wasn’t aware that he had said that,” he said of Luskin’s announcement, but insisted that Truthout was “absolutely” standing by its earlier reporting.

“We’ve done a lot of work on this story, we’ve talked to a lot of people,” he said, “and some of the people who provided information for the story are absolutely in a position to know.”

So if Truthout’s reporting — by correspondent Jason Leopold — is correct, is Ruskin lying? “Robert Luskin’s allegations are in the best interest of his client, not necessarily the press,” Ash said. “I think that the information he is providing is directly contradicted by the information we have.”

Yes, Rove has been cleared and they are STILL standing by the story that he has been indicted. You just can’t make this stuff up.

So, what will the Truthout guys do next? Don’t be surprised if they blame Rove for tricking them. There are already lots of posts like this at the Democratic Underground[5]:

Yavin4: If there’s one thing that these two idiots can do right, then it’s manipulating the media so that they over-react to news. There’s no question in my mind that Rove got Leopold to bite on that false story that he was about to be indicted. Rove deliberately planted that story in the hopes that the MSM would pick it up and run with it. Thus, he could sit back and wag his finger saying that the media cannot be trusted….

See? Even when a liberal rag that conservatives have no involvement with whatsoever blows a story, it’s still part of a plot by Karl Rove, the Bush Family Evil Empire, the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, etc. Typical libs…

  1. not going to be a Fitzmas in June, July, August or any other month for Karl Rove:
  2. Leopold wrote this:
  3. upped the ante:
  4. TPMmuckraker::
  5. Democratic Underground:

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