Rove turned down a plea

The Left Coaster points to a story that should have made much bigger news yesterday...

Jason Leopold of TruthOut reports that Karl Rove may have rebuffed a plea deal offered in December by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald:
But sources knowledgeable about the case against Rove say that he was offered a plea deal in December and that Luskin had twice met with Fitzgerald during that time to discuss Rove's legal status. Rove turned down the plea deal, which would likely have required him to provide Fitzgerald with information against other officials who were involved in Plame's outing as well as testifying against those people, the sources said.

Luskin would neither confirm nor deny that a meeting with Fitzgerald took place last month. "I am simply not going to comment on whether I was or wasn't talking to Mr. Fitzgerald," Luskin said. "I am not acknowledging that it did or didn't happen, I am just saying that I have never commented about that before and I am not going to start doing that now."
As JA Bartlett observes, Rove has no reason to cop a plea, even if he's likely to be indicted -- as W.'s nearest and dearest, Rove's already got "a pardon in his pocket."

[The Left Coaster, TruthOut, The Daily Aneurysm]

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