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BREAKING: Back in the Grand Jury Saddle This Morning

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UPDATECrooks and Liars has the video of the MSNBC reporting from O’Donnell.  (Thanks, John!)

Guess who went back before the Grand Jury this morning, according to the AP?  Yep, it’s our boy Fitz.

Special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald early Wednesday went before a federal grand jury looking into the leak of the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame….

Fitzgerald’s unfinished business includes White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, who was under investigation when the previous grand jury that indicted Libby expired.

Rove’s legal problems stem from the fact that it was not until more than a year into Fitzgerald’s criminal investigation that the White House adviser told the prosecutor about disclosing the CIA status of Wilson’s wife to Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper on July 11, 2003.

Rove says he had forgotten the Cooper conversation, which occurred several days before Plame’s identity was revealed in Novak’s column.

Rove and Novak also had discussed the CIA status of Wilson’s wife.

Other unfinished business in the probe focuses on the source who provided Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward information about Plame, whose CIA identity was leaked to Novak in July 2003.

Hmmmmmm…and when you add in a report this morning from CNN’s John King that Karl Rove and his attorney(s) met with Fitz this morning in person, the mind begins to whir, doesn’t it?

I’ll be working the phones as I can today, and no doubt Jane will do the same.  More news as we get it folks.  It may be cold outside here today, but I think things may be heating up.  Here’s hoping…

(Huge thank you to readers angie and yodermon for the heads up on this.)

UPDATEThinkProgress got a screen grab of the CNN story and the transcript of what King said.  More as I get it…

UPDATE #2:  Norah O’Donnell reports on MSNBC that Rove will be testifying today before the G/J for a fifth time in the CIA leak case.   I have to say that in my experience, this is really unprecedented — I can’t ever remember any witness who was also potentially a subject in an investigation giving a prosecutor this many under oath opportunities to skewer them.  O’Donnell reports that there are serious questions about how forthcoming/honest Rove has been — and that there are potential questions of more legal jeopardy.  May be expecting a statement from Rove’s legal representatives some time this afternoon, according to O’Donnell.

UPDATE #3:  Hmmm…interesting speculation in this Scripps-Howard article, no?

UPDATE #4Interesting contrast in the Faux News take versus the MSNBC one, isn’t it?  Looks like Rove’s pals need to get their stories straight — or is it that the story is evolving under them as they try to spin?  Guess we’ll see…

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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