MORE ROVE WEIRDNESS….As if the Jason Leopold/Karl Rove story weren’t already bizarre enough, today it gets even weirder. Rove obviously hasn’t been indicted, as Leopold reported several weeks ago, but it turns out that Leopold and Truthout are standing behind their story anyway.

Long story short, Truthout says that (a) Rove was secretly indicted, (b) Rove and his lawyer then went back to prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald and made “concessions that Fitzgerald considered to be of high value,” and (c) Fitzgerald subsequently agreed to hold off on the indictment.

And what were these concessions?

Our sources provided us with additional detail, saying that Fitzgerald is apparently examining closely Dick Cheney’s role in the Valerie Plame matter, and apparently sought information and evidence from Karl Rove that would provide documentation of Cheney’s involvement. Rove apparently was reluctant to cooperate and Fitzgerald, it appears, was pressuring him to do so, our sources told us.

Truthout claims that their sources for this information are “career federal law enforcement and federal government officials.” Truthout also claims that their senior editors have confirmed all this with their sources. They’re not just relying on Jason Leopold.

Is this true? I don’t have a clue, but I figure I should pass along the latest scuttlebutt regardless. And for what it’s worth, there is one thing that makes me wonder if Rove is really in the clear: the fact that he refuses to make public the letter from Fitzgerald saying that he “does not anticipate seeking charges” against Rove at this time. Rove’s spokesman says they won’t release the letter because they have an agreement with Fitzgerald that they “wouldn’t disclose direct communications or any documents between his office and ours.” This is a pretty laughable excuse, and it’s hard not to wonder just what’s in that letter that they don’t want anyone to see.

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