This morning we learned that Scotty McClellan is leaving and Rove's role will be reduced. I must say I'm really skeptical that any move which leaves Rove in the Whitehouse, especially if he keeps his security clearance, is anything but a window-dressing on a turdblossom, but there are whispers that seem to be getting louder that Rove may really be in deep kimchi afterall.
Fitzgerald wrapped up his federal corruption case Monday in Indiana which resulted in convictions on all counts against former Republican governor George H. Ryan. Ryan now faces up to 95 years in prison. Now that that is done, and if these whispers are true, Fitz is about to get back to work in DC bigtime.
Once again the vastly underrated investigative journalist Jason Leopold, perhaps second on the CIA leak case only to Murray Waas, seems to have called it back on March 28 when he wrote that Fitzgerald Will Seek New White House Indictments.
And today we get another clue that this may indeed soon happen from Sidney Blumenthal...Truthout: Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has started to prepare the paperwork to present to the grand jury seeking an indictment against White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove or National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley. ...(more)
Walking the White House plankWhite House press secretary, Scott McClellan, departs as the investigation into Karl Rove enters into a serious new phase.
[A few updates] Talk Left: Rumor: Fitz Met With Plame Grand Jury Today Re: RoveGuardian: The resignation of the White House press secretary, Scott McClellan, is an event of almost complete insignificance except insofar as the beleaguered White House presents it as an important change. Meanwhile, the secretary of defence, Donald Rumsfeld, under siege from dissenting ex-generals demanding his firing for arrogant incompetence, stays. (...)
Events that could truly shake the Bush White House to its foundation, however, may be discerned elsewhere. (...)
Two weeks ago, Fitzgerald filed a motion before the federal court in the Libby case stating that his investigation had proved that the White House engaged in "concerted action" from "a plan to discredit, punish or seek revenge against" former ambassador Joseph Wilson, who revealed that the rationale of the Iraq war was based on false information that the White House knew was bogus. Fitzgerald declared further that he had gathered "evidence that multiple officials in the White House" had outed his wife's clandestine identity to reporters as an element of revenge.
Last week, on April 12, Libby counter-filed to demand extensive documents in the possession of the prosecutor. His filing, written by his lawyers, reveals that he intends to put Karl Rove on the stand as a witness to question him about his leaking of Plame's name to reporters and presumably his role in the "concerted action" against Wilson. In his request for documents from Rove's files, Libby dropped mention of Rove's current legal status.
For months, Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, has assured the press that his client, who was believed to be vulnerable to indictment for perjury, is in the clear. But Libby insisted that he was entitled to "disclosure of such documents" in Rove's files "even if Mr. Rove remains a subject of a continuing grand jury investigation".
Karl Rove is a subject of Fitzgerald's investigation - this is the headline buried in Libby's filing. ...(more)
David Corn: Rove on the Stand?