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Rove's lawyer helped fend off indictment

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20051030-092900-1593r Rove s lawyer helped fend off indictment WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The decision not to
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 31, 2005
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      Rove's lawyer helped fend off indictment

      WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The decision not to
      indict deputy White House chief of staff Karl Rove in
      the CIA leak case came after last-minute negotiations
      with his lawyer.

      Citing sources, Newsweek reported Rove's defense
      lawyer Robert Luskin presented special counsel Patrick
      Fitzgerald with evidence last week that gave the
      prosecutor "pause."

      Luskin reportedly showed Fitzgerald an e-mail Rove
      sent to former press aide Adam Levine on July 11,
      2003, saying Levine could come to his office to
      discuss a personnel matter.

      The e-mail was sent just minutes after Rove had
      finished discussing White House critic Joe Wilson's
      wife's work for the CIA with Time magazine reporter
      Matt Cooper -- the same conversation that Rove
      originally failed to disclose to the grand jury.

      Levine told the FBI last week that Rove never said
      anything about Cooper. Newsweek said Levine's account
      helped support Luskin's argument that Rove dealt with
      a wide range of matters and might not remember every
      conversation he has had with journalists.

      Newsweek said Rove remains in some jeopardy, but the
      consensus view of lawyers close to the case is that he
      has probably dodged the bullet.
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