A Rove indictment? Truth or just wishful thinking?

Will Karl Rove be indicted this week by the federal grand jury investigating the Bush administration leak that outed covert CIA operative Valerie Plame? Depends on who you read and believe.

Will Karl Rove be indicted this week by the federal grand jury investigating the Bush administration leak that outed covert CIA operative Valerie Plame? Depends on who you read and believe.

So far, reports that Rove faces imminent indictment all go back to one source: Jason Leopold at Truthout:

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.

Robert Luskin, Rove’s attorney, did not return a call for comment. Sources said Fitzgerald was in Washington, DC, Friday and met with Luskin for about 15 hours to go over the charges against Rove, which include perjury and lying to investigators about how and when Rove discovered that Valerie Plame Wilson was a covert CIA operative and whether he shared that information with reporters, sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said.

It was still unknown Saturday whether Fitzgerald charged Rove with a more serious obstruction of justice charge. Sources close to the case said Friday that it appeared very likely that an obstruction charge against Rove would be included with charges of perjury and lying to investigators.

An announcement by Fitzgerald is expected to come this week, sources close to the case said. However, the day and time is unknown. Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the special prosecutor was unavailable for comment. In the past, Samborn said he could not comment on the case.

The grand jury hearing evidence in the Plame Wilson case met Friday on other matters while Fitzgerald spent the entire day at Luskin’s office. The meeting was a closely guarded secret and seems to have taken place without the knowledge of the media.

As TruthOut reported Friday evening, Rove told President Bush and Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, as well as a few other high level administration officials, that he will be indicted in the CIA leak case and will immediately resign his White House job when the special counsel publicly announces the charges against him, according to sources.

Pretty detailed stuff but stuff that nobody else has run with to date. Leopold’s report stirred debate on the anti-Bush discussion boards and blogs but wasn’t picked up by any “mainstream” media organization. The White House ignored the story as well while a spokesman for Karl Rove issued a denial, also ignored by most media execpt the New York Sun:

A spokesman for a top White House aide under scrutiny in a criminal leak probe, Karl Rove, yesterday vigorously denied an Internet report that the political adviser to President Bush was told that he had been indicted on charges of perjury and lying to investigators.

“The story is a complete fabrication,” the spokesman for Mr. Rove, Mark Corallo, told The New York Sun. “It is both malicious and disgraceful.”

If the story turns out to be true it will make a lot of people happy (including some Republicans). Rove needs a lesson in both humility and the law. If it turns out to be wishful thinking, it could be a case of just a little old-fashioned karma comin’ round since it comes from a web site that has, in the past, accused us of fabricating stories.

As Bob Cesca of The Huffington Post noted:

I haven’t been able to find additional confirmation of this, but Jason Leopold at Truthout is reporting that Karl Rove was indicted yesterday on charges of perjury and lying to investigators.

UPDATE: I want to reiterate that I haven’t seen any additional confirmation of Leopold’s story. It’s now been more than five hours since the Truthout dispatch went out. But if Leopold’s story is accurate, well then… cool.

Guess we’ll find out soon enough.