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Karl Rove will not be indicted. The news must have hit Krazy Keith like a ton of bricks. How is it that reality can be so far removed from what the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann has been telling the world for months?
Here is a quick rundown of some of the coverage from Olby, David "Slippery" Shuster, and the Countdown Cronies. How perceptive it was! How positively prescient in anticipating every twist and turn of the case! Surely another Edward R Murrow award is in order for this brilliant record of reportage:
July 18, 2005:
FINEMAN: Karl Rove did leak. I mean, that is a leak.
OLBERMANN: But realistically, the bar was just raised from involved in to committed a crime.
October 6 2005:
LAWRENCE O'DONNELL: Well, he definitely is a target of the investigation now. There shouldn't be any doubt about that. This case is long past the stage where he would have gotten what they call a target letter. I've spoken with a number of U.S. attorneys today who say this is not a situation in which you get a target letter at this point, even if you are a target.... every word his lawyer has said today is consistent with the possibility that Rove could be indicted next week.
Oct 12, 2005:
OLBERMANN: ...the latest terror threat, the reported bomb plot against the New York City subway system, in terms of its timing. President Bush's speech about the war on terror had come earlier the same day, as had the breaking news of the possible indictment of Karl Rove in the CIA leak investigation.
October 25 2005:
OLBERMANN: The political blog, "The Washington Note," quoting what it colorfully calls an "uber-insider source," who says, "One to five sealed indictments will be handed up tomorrow. Probably more rather than less. The recipients already know. It will be made public in a news conference on Thursday."
Nov 3 2005:
OLBERMANN: It says Libby, Libby, Libby on the arraignment, 'raignment, 'raignment. Will it soon also say Karl Rove?
JIM VANDEHEI: I think we're talking weeks, not months. Most of the people I've talked to, both that are close to Rove and are close to the investigation, say that it's just a couple of things that Fitzgerald is trying to wrap up, and that he will let Karl Rove know one way or the other whether he is going to be charged or whether he will not be charged. I think we should know that by the end of this month.
OLBERMANN: ...could this be new information? And if it might be new information, could that be raising the prospect that somebody has in some way come forward in the past three or four days?
Dec 9, 2005:
OLBERMANN: Viveca Novak may not be Karl Rove's get-out-of-trouble-free card after all. Her testimony reportedly conflicts with that of Rove's attorney.... If Luskin's revelation of the Novak-Luskin conversation is presumably all or most of what kept Karl Rove from being indicted through the first grand jury, does it follow that if the Luskin account falls apart because of that March-October timeline difference, that the result could be an indictment of Mr. Rove?
SHUSTER: It certainly seems that way, Keith. And Luskin himself has told us for several weeks now that Karl Rove remains under investigation, and that this is certainly a potential outcome.
April 6, 2006:
OLBERMANN: Also in his filing, Mr. Fitzgerald stated that he won't be calling Karl Rove or Stephen Hadley or George Tenet as witnesses at trial.
SHUSTER: Federal prosecutors say that you don't usually call somebody to the witness stand if you are thinking about making them a target in a separate case. And that would complain Karl Rove and Stephen Hadley, who clearly might have testimony, all from this particular case.
April 20, 2006:
OLBERMANN: Karl Rove exits stage right, just an acknowledgment of the importance of the midterms, just freshening up the White House staff. Or was it to shift him out of the spotlight because the Plamegate grand jury is again looking to indict him? David Shuster with the breaking news!
SHUSTER: ...in every single case we have found, Keith, that prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, when he designates somebody as official A in an indictment, that person eventually does get indicted themselves.... So I think it's fair to assume that perhaps the new White House chief of staff, Josh Bolten, saw the prospects that Rove could still be in some trouble and decided, You know what? We want him focusing on the elections anyway instead of policy.
April 26, 2006:
OLBERMANN: So that Mr. Rove appeared voluntarily today, given the enormous possibility that he could have contradicted previous testimony, and thus digging a deeper hole for himself, might someone conclude that he had nothing to lose, that talking his way out of being charged is a risk he needed to take?
SHUSTER: Absolutely. And we've been given every indication that Karl Rove felt he had no other opportunity, that he felt that the evidence that his own lawyer had provided to prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that was supposed to clear Karl Rove out of all of this, that didn't work.
April 27, 2006:
BRIAN UNGER: Our fifth story on the COUNTDOWN, the Duke Cunningham corruption probe, now with hookers. The only thing more compelling than that, a Karl Rove indictment. And it looks like we might be getting one of those too.
April 28, 2006:
SHUSTER: The bad news in all this for Karl Rove is that it means that after three and a half hours of testimony, where he's answering a wide variety of questions on Wednesday, his fifth grand jury appearance, the prosecutors were not willing to clear Karl Rove, nor were they willing to give any sort of signal that Rove's answers satisfied the grand jury.
May 5, 2006:
SHUSTER: Well, the tea leaves seem to suggest that Karl Rove is going to get indicted.... He went to such great lengths today to try to avoid mentioning Karl Rove or talking about his status. Now, that, in and of itself, seemed to signal something unique.
OLBERMANN: More rocks being overturned, and more worms beneath.
May 8 2006:
SHUSTER: Well, Karl Rove's legal team has told me that they expect that a decision will come sometime in the next two weeks. And I am convinced that Karl Rove will, in fact, be indicted.