(CNSNews.com) - After a three-year investigation and all the speculation that went with it, White House adviser Karl Rove has been told he will not be indicted in connection with the Valerie Plame leak case.
"On June 12, 2006, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald formally advised us that he does not anticipate seeking charges against Karl Rove," the New York Times quoted Rove's attorney Robert Luskin as saying.
"We believe that the Special Counsel's decision should put an end to the baseless speculation about Mr. Rove's conduct," Luskin added.
Only one person -- I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr., the former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney -- has been indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice stemming from his testimony in the case. So far, no one has been indicted for blowing Plame's cover.
Rove has made numerous appearances - at least five -- before the federal grand jury investigating the leak of Plame's name. Luskin said Rove would not comment any further on the matter, given the pending legal case against Libby.
In an interview with CNN Tuesday morning, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman said it's clear that Rove did nothing wrong -- in fact, "he did everything right in terms of cooperating with this investigation."
Mehlman said Democrats such as Howard Dean, Sen. Harry Reid and others "owe Karl Rove an apology. They took this good man and they prejudged him."
Mehlman accused Democrats of rushing to judgment for political gain in the Rove case, and he said Democrats are doing the same thing on other issues as well: "...whether it's this issue, whether it's the War in Iraq...I think you're going to see a lot of examples where the American people look and they say, 'Do I want people whose first answer to everything is always politics?"
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