July 28, 2005,
EDITOR'S NOTE: This piece appears in the August 8, 2005, issue of National Review.
Karl Rove certainly doesn’t act like a guilty man. Caught in the middle of the “Plamegate” leak investigation, accused of “smearing” Bush critic Joseph Wilson and “outing” Wilson’s CIA-agent wife, Valerie Plame, Rove has been going about his normal duties at the White House; people close to him say his daily schedule is packed, as always, with matters like judicial nominations, Social Security, and general White House stuff. His lawyer tells National Review that Rove has been assured by prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that he is not a target of the investigation. Rove has testified before the grand jury three times. And he has released any reporter who talked to him about the Plame/Wilson affair from any pledge of confidentiality.
The Republican National Committee has fought back, not only defending Rove there is no evidence that anybody knows of to suggest he broke the law but also pointing out that some of the things that Wilson has said in the past did not turn out to be, uh, true. . .
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