Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Rove watch: your Wednesday p.m. version

MSNBC's pursuit of the story continues, carried here via The Raw Story website: "Prosecutors say silence in CIA leak case may signal Rove indictment coming." David Shuster provides an update, essentially giving an overview of the steps Fitzgerald's office would be going through right now in advance of their decision on Rove. A few former prosecutors are interviewed. Here are a few highlights from the MSNBC transcript:
DAVID SCHERTLER, former federal prosecutor: "If Patrick Fitzgerald had in fact reached a decision not to indict, he would have announced that and he would have told Karl Rove and his attorneys. The fact that he hasn't announced it makes you believe that he might be headed towards an indictment and might be tightening up all the loose ends at this point in anticipation of presenting the indictment."
DAVID SCHERTLER, former federal prosecutor: "I think that there's probably at least some personal motivation on the part of Patrick Fitzgerald to make sure that he does a thorough job and a good job and that when he does issue an indictment, if that's what he's going to do, that he is ready to go to trial and feels very confident that he can win at trial."
So, it's still a question of speculation on the Rove indictment. The fact that it's been 28 days since Rove has last appeared before the grand jury is put in some context here as well.
PATRICK FITZGERALD, CIA leak investigation special counsel: "I've got a full-time job. Jack has a full-time job in Philadelphia. My full-time job is in Chicago. Everyone working on this case has another full-time job."

SHUSTER: According to one lawyer representing a witness in the CIA leak case, Fitzgerald didn't want to leave Chicago this winter because he was so busy with the corruption trial of former Illinois Governor George Ryan. And since then, the Fitzgerald team considering Karl Rove has been busy filing or responding to pre-trial motions in the Scooter Libby case.

SOL WISENBERG, former deputy independent counsel: "Washington is an impatient town. 28 days is nothing to a prosecutor and really I think that it's one thing to keep somebody hanging for years. But 28 days after the last grand jury appearance is no big deal from his perspective."
I don't make much of the 28 days either way. It doesn't make an indictment any more or less likely. I think Fitzgerald's proven his deliberate nature and he's going to take whatever time he needs to make this decision.

Can I just say one thing here about David Shuster though. Where else do you see this? Here's Shuster, on air:
A spokesman who is being paid by Karl Rove says the presidential advisor did nothing wrong and is confident he will be cleared. But according to lawyers for other witnesses in the case, the only thing certain right now is that the investigation and focus on Rove continues.
Lovely clarification for the world of the self-interested Rove spin at work here.