November 10, 2005
Fitzgerald still Roving
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will soon conclude his investigation into whether President Bush’s deputy chief of staff Karl Rove gave false statements to a grand jury investigating the leak of a covert CIA agent, attorneys close to the case say.
According to lawyers familiar with the case, Fitzgerald is trying to convince the grand jury that Rove made false statements during the three times he testified under oath and misleading statements to Justice Department and FBI investigators when he was first interviewed about his role in the leak in October 2003.
The attorneys told RAW STORY that Fitzgerald has called Rove’s former personal assistant, Susan B. Ralston – who was also a special assistant to President Bush – to testify before the grand jury for a third time, perhaps as early as Monday. She is not said to be in legal jeopardy.
… Fitzgerald wants to question Ralston again about several telephone calls Rove allegedly made to a few reporters, including syndicated columnist Robert Novak, lawyers close to the investigation say. Novak first disclosed the identity of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson in his July 14, 2003 column.
… In recent days, Fitzgerald seems to have come to the conclusion that Rove may still be misleading the prosecution, the attorneys said. They would not elaborate.
During previous interviews, Rove said he first learned Plame's name from reporters and only after her name was published did he discuss Plame with other reporters. But Rove changed his story when he testified before the grand jury for a fourth time in September.
Via Raw Story.
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