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Saw this live as it was happening.  Looks like "Gold Bars" Luskin and Viveca Novak will both be testifying next week and that the investigation seems to have broadened and seems far from over.


BOB FRANKEN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, it's very delicate. We're picking up that there could be two principals in this getting deposed next week giving sworn statements. Those two would include Karl Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin and Viveca Novak of "Time Magazine."

Now it really comes down to, when all is said and done, a question of who said what to whom when.

And the who is very important because we're being told by a variety of sources that the special prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, was planning to indict Karl Rove for misrepresenting during the investigation an interview comments that he had made to a reporter. However, there was a key conversation, sources say, and there may have been a misunderstanding by the special prosecutor that a conversation that he was attributing to Rove with Viveca Novak of "Time Magazine" may, in fact, have really been held by Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin.

As we've talked many times before, you and I, and just about any reporter who's been involved in this, has had conversations on the record with Luskin.

So now comes the process where Luskin is going to be testifying under oath during this deposition then Novak. Then Fitzgerald is going to have to make a decision on whether he will change his mind about indicting Rove.

It gets kind of complicated, and it gets even more complicated when you're told by the variety of sources this will not end the investigation. This is something that could go on for a while as they'll be looking for other parties who may have had a role in all of this--Wolf.

Now the only reason I can think of that Fitzgerald would misinterpret something is if someone was lying their ass off.  I guess Luskin or one of his assistants "forgot" to mention that piece of info to Franken who seems to have developed a Isikoff-like sympathy towards Rove and his cause.

Update: Jane at Firedoglake who beat out the NYT in reporting that Viveca Novak actually was the one who "tipped of" Luskin about Cooper's source, is reporting that Franken's story is pure spin and that Woodward may be called before an actual grand jury next week.

I am hearing through sources that the Franken story is crap, 100% spin. Fitzgerald is supposedly busy right now dealing with Bob Woodward, who may have earned himself a trip to the grand jury next week for his efforts, and with Woodward's source, whoever that may turn out to be. Only then will he start dealing with Viveca Novak, and the "Fitzgerald made a mistake" rumor is pure bullshit. And nobody at this point is buying the story that Luskin himself is going in to testify.
Thanks to 2lucky for this important info.

Originally posted to dumbya on Fri Dec 02, 2005 at 03:58 PM PST.

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