Rove escapes indictment as leak investigation continues

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The Independent US

In discussions yesterday, Rove's lawyer was told by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's office that investigators had not resolved all their questions about his conduct in the case and they would continue investigating, the people said, speaking only on condition of anonymity because of grand jury secrecy.

Fitzgerald's office told Rove's lawyers there still were matters to resolve before the prosecutor "decides what he is going to do, so Mr Rove will not be indicted today," one of the people said.

The decision means Rove is not out of legal jeopardy but will continue working at the White House and cooperating with prosecutors. He has already testified four times before the grand jury investigating who leaked Valerie Plame's CIA identity.

The news wasn't expected to be as favorable for Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. White House colleagues expected an indictment charging Libby with false statements in the probe.