News and events revolving around the ousting of CIA agent Valerie Plame.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Report: Rove may face 'serious' jeopardy

Report: Rove may face 'serious' jeopardy

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald is focusing on whether two White House officials tried to conceal their actions in the leak of a CIA agent's identity.

Fitzgerald is focusing on whether President Bush's top adviser Karl Rove and Vice President Cheney's chief of staff I. Lewis Libby Jr. tried to mislead prosecutors, The New York Times reported.

Citing lawyers involved in the case, the newspaper said Fitzgerald is considering perjury, obstruction of justice and false statement charges -- suggesting he may believe evidence gathered by a federal grand jury shows the two White House aides tried to cover up their actions.

Rove and Libby have been advised they may be in serious legal jeopardy, the lawyers told the newspaper.

Fitzgerald reportedly will not decide until next week whether to file any charges in connection with the 2003 leak of the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame. Columnist Robert Novak identified her after her husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson, publicly challenged the Bush administration's claim that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has tried to buy nuclear materials from an African nation.


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