Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby was indicted today on charges of obstruction of justice, making a false statement and perjury in the CIA leak case. The lawyer for Bush adviser Karl Rove said the presidential confidant’s case is still under investigation, the Washington Post reports. Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald “has advised Mr. Rove that he has made no decision about whether or not to bring charges and that Mr. Rove’s status has not changed,” said Rove’s attorney, Robert Luskin, today. Luskin added: “We are confident that when the Special Counsel finishes his work, he will conclude that Mr. Rove has done nothing wrong.”
Rove provided new information to Fitzgerald during eleventh-hour negotiations that “gave Fitzgerald pause” about charging Bush’s senior strategist, said a source close to Rove. This raised the possibility of a new grand jury getting the case because the term for the current grand jury expires today. Libby was shopping for a white-collar criminal lawyer, and Rove began assembling a public relations team in the event that he is eventually indicted.