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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Rove returns to grand jury

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2006 at 5:31 PM

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Karl Rove today testified in front of the grand jury investigating the leak of Valerie Plame's identity as an undercover CIA agent. This is his fifth appearance before the grand jury, and his first since being stripped of his role as director of White House policy.

Rove, President Bush's chief political strategist, went before the grand jury to answer questions about discussions his attorney had with Time magazine reporter Viveca Novak, a source close to Rove said earlier. Novak testified last year that she alerted Luskin in early 2004 that Rove had leaked information to her colleague, Matthew Cooper, about CIA operative Valerie Plame. ...

Novak wrote in Time in December that she mentioned to Luskin in early 2004 that the magazine's reporters were buzzing that his client was a source for a story by Cooper about Plame in July 2003. The tip prompted Luskin to set in motion a chain of events that led Rove and his lawyers to search phone logs and other material to determine whether Rove had talked to Cooper. It also eventually prompted Rove to revise statements he made to federal investigators.

Before Rove testified before the grand jury in October 2004, he maintained he did not recall talking to Cooper. Shortly before testifying, Luskin found an e-mail written by Rove to then-deputy national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley in July 2003 in which Rove mentioned the conversation with Cooper. Rove testified that the e-mail jarred his memory.

Luskin has sought to convince Fitzgerald that Rove was guilty of nothing more than a bad memory and was not trying to cover up his role in the Plame case.

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