Amid a flurry of news reports regarding Karl Rove’s fifth appearance before the Grand Jury, the most telling description comes from the WAPO:
In his fifth appearance before the grand jury, Rove spent considerable time arguing that it would have been foolish for him to knowingly mislead investigators about his role in the disclosure of the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame to the mediaLet me get this straight. After four previous opportunities to talk his way out of being indicted, Karl Rove - the architect of the Bush Presidency – is reduced to trying to argue that he would have been stupid to lie!
Rove testified, in essence, that "it would have been a suicide mission" to "deliberately lie" about his conversation with Cooper because he knew beforehand that it eventually would be revealed
Rove’s entire career has been built on a willingness to say anything and do anything to win elections. Is there any doubt that his many trips to the Grand Jury have been a series of attempts to say whatever he needs to say to salvage some shred of doubt about his motives? And that's the best he's got left? He would have been stupid to lie?!?!?
I guess that is one way to stay out of jail - convince the Grand Jury that you are so stupid that you can’t be held accountable for your actions. I mean - the courts rarely choose to imprison the mentally handicapped, so if it’s your only remaining shot, I suppose you might as well take it. But not when you are the top advisor to the President!
Then again, recent actions by this President do tend to suggest strong evidence that his top advisor is retarded! So maybe it will work.
On the other hand, the fact that he keeps returning to the Grand Jury to me suggests one of two things: either he’s toast and he knows it but is still desperately clinging to the hope he can weasel out of jeopardy; or with each visit, he’s giving up more and more incriminating evidence against others (cough! Dick Cheney. cough!)to keep from being indicted.
Either way, I’m looking for a relatively quick announcement of something big, perhaps by a week from Friday - May 5th! Of course, that may just be my hope for another Fitzmas in the Springtime. If not, there’s always Fitzmorial Day and The Fitz of July!
[Update] Billmon has a great post that supports the second scenario described above - Rove the squealer!