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Report: Rove appears before grand jury

Oct. 15, 2004 at 7:12 PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, testified Friday before a grand jury investigating White House leaks, Time magazine reported.

The federal grand jury is investigating whether administration officials illegally revealed the name of a CIA covert official, Valerie Plame, to conservative columnist Robert Novak.

Special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald questioned Rove about his contacts with journalists "in what a source familiar with Rove's situation said was his third appearance before the grand jury," Time said.

"My client appeared voluntarily before the grand jury and has cooperated with the investigation since it began," said Rove's attorney Robert Luskin. "He has been assured in writing as recently as this week that he is not a target of the investigation."

Plame is married to Joseph Wilson, a former ambassador and CIA envoy to Africa who discounted administration allegations that Saddam Hussein sought nuclear materials there. Wilson has said his wife's name was revealed in retaliation.

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