- Jul 31, 2005
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- Political Leaning
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US special counsel probing a politically explosive
CIA leak case signalled he was not ready to wrap up the investigation which has already toppled a top White House aide.
After the charges forced Libby to resign his White House job, the lawyer for Bush's chief political aide Karl Rove said Rove has been told he is still under investigation in the two-year probe.
Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's comments contained in court papers filed Friday will fuel more speculation he may still be mulling new charges in the case.
Responding to a Wall Street Journal petition to have still-secret details of his investigation released, Fitzgerald said in his court filing that some grand jury testimony must stay secret to protect the integrity of the probe.
Fitzgerald called for continued secrecy to ensure that prospective witnesses "come forward voluntarily and will testify fully and frankly, and to prevent any efforts to obstruct the investigation," he wrote.
He also said some documents identifying witnesses who testified to a grand jury, who had not been identified publicly and who had not been and may never be charged, should also be kept under wraps.
Fitzgerald did not object to portions of evidence in the case pertaining to Libby being released, because Libby had already been identified as a defendant.
The hard-charging Chicago prosecutor said earlier this month he may bring witnesses before a second federal grand jury, a panel which assesses possible indictments in a case. The mandate of the first grand jury used in the case expired last month.
For all those who say the investigation is over...