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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Oh Bob, How We've Missed You

After weeks of uncharacteristic silence leading many to conclude he had either a) been fired as Karl Rove's attorney or b) become so much a part of the case that wiser heads demanded he STFU, there has been a Robert Luskin sighting.

This time he spoke to Jayson Leopold:
Robert Luskin, Rove's attorney, said in a brief interview Monday that he has not heard anything about the grand jury requesting additional information about Rove and is unaware that Fitzgerald has been building a case against his client.


"I think it's fair to say that there is no change in [Rove's] status. He is not a target of the investigation, but there remains an open investigation," Luskin said.

But sources knowledgeable about the case against Rove say that he was offered a plea deal in December and that Luskin had twice met with Fitzgerald during that time to discuss Rove's legal status. Rove turned down the plea deal, which would likely have required him to provide Fitzgerald with information against other officials who were involved in Plame's outing as well as testifying against those people, the sources said.

Luskin would neither confirm nor deny that a meeting with Fitzgerald took place last month. "I am simply not going to comment on whether I was or wasn't talking to Mr. Fitzgerald," Luskin said. "I am not acknowledging that it did or didn't happen, I am just saying that I have never commented about that before and I am not going to start doing that now."
Old "Gold Bars" just really isn't his usual chatty self these days. Wonder what put him off his feed?