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Rove will not be indicted…remains under investigation…grand jury will ask to extend its term…

more as we get it…

Update [2005-10-27 22:45:35 by catnip]:: Here’s the link to the NYT story which reads:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 – Associates of I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, expected an indictment on Friday charging him with making false statements to the grand jury in the C.I.A. leak inquiry, lawyers in the case said Thursday.

Karl Rove, President Bush’s senior adviser and deputy chief of staff, will not be charged on Friday, but will remain under investigation, people briefed officially about the case said. As a result, they said, the special counsel in the case, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, was likely to extend the term of the federal grand jury beyond its scheduled expiration on Friday.

As rumors coursed through the capital, Mr. Fitzgerald gave no public signal of how he intends to proceed, further intensifying the anxiety that has gripped the White House and left partisans on both sides of the political aisle holding their breath.


Administration officials said that the White House would seek to keep as low a profile as possible if indictments were issued; Scott McClellan, the White House press secretary, did not schedule a briefing for Friday, and Mr. Bush plans to leave in the afternoon for a weekend at Camp David.

Note: I heard about this NYT story originally on CNN’s NewsNight show with Aaron Brown who said exactly what I had written: that Libby will be indicted according to the NYT. The NYT article does not actually say as much. I will double-check Brown’s transcript once it’s up. – catnip

[editor’s note, by catnip]: Brown has now read the partial text of the NYT’s article on his show and discussed with WH correspondent John King that the indictment of Libby is “expected”. King says he’s spoken to several collegues of Libby’s tonite and that they too expect him to be indicted but none of them would say for certain.

more updates on the flip side including a statement from Booman, currently on assignment…

Update [2005-10-28 0:40:53 by catnip]:: As Man Eegee points out in the comments from a link to the new WaPo article, “Rove, Libby Assemble Team to Handle Possible CIA Leak Indictments”, Andrew Card is forlorn: “These will be very, very dark days for the White House”. Well, maybe you guys should have thought about that before you created this mess in the first place. I’m just sayin’…

Booman, calling in from an undisclosed location while on double-super-duper-secret assignment has this to say about the WaPo article:

“The NYT makes it sound like Rove will not be indicted. The WP does not make that assumption. All indications are that the announcement will rock the
world. Libby is dreaming if he thinks he is only gonna get hit with false statements.

The WP is cautious, but makes clear that the White House thinks they are fucked. I don’t want to be overly optimistic, and tomorrow may only reveal a little piece of the overall case, but they are getting reamed and they know it.”

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