Top presidential aide Karl Rove will not be indicted in the CIA leak case, according to Rove's lawyer. Special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald had questioned Rove about his role in the public revelation that Valerie Plame had been an undercover CIA agent.
Rove's lawyer says Fitzgerald has formally told him that Rove will not be charged. Already under indictment is former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff.
The news, which came in a letter to Rove's attorney, lifts a cloud from over the White House. It should also allow Rove to focus on the Republican Party's efforts to maintain its congressional majority in the November elections.
Libby, who will go on trial in early 2007, is accused of deliberately lying to the grand jury about his involvement in leaking the name of CIA operative Plame, whose husband, Joe Wilson, had publicly disagreed with the White House over its Iraq strategy.
Observers say that Rove, by contrast, may have only neglected to tell the grand jury that he talked about the matter with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper.