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June 13, 2006
Fizzlemas

Karl Rove will not face any charges stemming from the leak of Valerie Plame's identity or of any cover-up in its aftermath, the New York Times reports. The decision brings an end to the politically-charged waiting game that had some of George Bush's opponents salivating for Rove's head:

The prosecutor in the C.I.A. leak case on Monday advised Karl Rove, the senior White House adviser, that he would not be charged with any wrongdoing, effectively ending the nearly three-year criminal investigation that had at times focused intensely on Mr. Rove.

The decision by the prosecutor, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, announced in a letter to Mr. Rove's lawyer, Robert D. Luskin, lifted a pall that had hung over Mr. Rove who testified on five occasions to a federal grand jury about his involvement in the disclosure of an intelligence officer's identity.

In a statement, Mr. Luskin said, "On June 12, 2006, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald formally advised us that he does not anticipate seeking charges against Karl Rove."

In the end, Fitzgerald had no case, and the only case he has been able to build was one against Libby for supposedly lying to prosecutors. It remains to be seen whether that prosecution will actually come to fruition either. The entire execise thus far appears to be an investigation in search of an actual crime.

At least one blogger has just watched his credibility circle the drain. Jason Leopold will now either have to name his source or bear the entire blame for reporting that Fitzgerald had already gotten an indictment against Rove. His entire story has now collapsed, and if he truly did get this information from an inside source, that source used Leopold to spread a lie. Leopold now owes his source nothing. He may choose to keep the source's anonymity, but it's hard to see why, and it will reinforce the less-complicated conclusion that Leopold made the whole story up.

Now that Rove has been cleared of any legal action, he can concentrate on the upcoming midterms. He might find some extra motivation to pull one more rabbit out of the hat after experiencing the venomous coverage of this non-event for the past two years. The rest of us will continue to shake our heads at yet another useless special-prosecutor investigation and wonder when we will finally stop creating these extra-Constitutional witch hunts and force the Department of Justice and Congress to do its own dirty work.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at June 13, 2006 9:13 AM

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