Truth to Power

How big of them

Rove thought facing perjury charge;

Will resign if indicted</a>

New York – Karl Rove has a plan, as always. Even before testifying last week for the fourth time before a grand jury probing the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity, Rove–who as senior adviser and deputy chief of staff runs a vast swath of the West Wing–and others at the White House had concluded he would immediately resign or possibly go on unpaid leave if indicted, several legal and Administration sources familiar with the thinking tell TIME.

The same scenario would apply to I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the Vice President’s chief of staff, who also faces a possible indictment. A former White House official says Rove’s break with Bush would have to be clean–no “giving advice from the sidelines”–for the sake of the Administration, TIME’s Viveca Novak and Mike Allen report in this week’s issue of TIME (on newsstands Monday, Oct. 17).</i>

How nice that they would resign if they get indicted. Actually, I think getting frogmarched out of the White House and tossed in jail for espionage means you lose your job. At least, it probably did before Bush got in office. Now, it probably starts an automatic process for a Congressional Medal of Honor or something…

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