After learning that Karl Rove will not be charged in the CIA/Plame case, we get news that he may still be facing a civil law suit from none other than Joe Wilson.
Ms. Plame’s husband, Joseph Wilson IV, who has alleged that his wife was exposed by White House officials in an act of political retaliation for his criticism of the Bush administration, hinted that he is considering filing a civil lawsuit against Mr. Rove and other officials.
“While it appears that Mr. Rove will not be called to answer in criminal court for his participation in the wrongful disclosure of Valerie Wilson’s classified employment status at the CIA in retaliation against Joe Wilson for questioning the rationale for war in Iraq, that obviously does not end the matter,” a lawyer for Mr. Wilson, Christopher Wolf, said in a statement. “The day may still come when Mr. Rove and others are called to account in a court of law for their attacks on the Wilsons.”
Ed Lasky at The American Thinker sees this as nothing but bluster because Mr. Wilson and his wife would be stupid to expose themselves to discovery:
Wilson would have to be really dumb to expose himself and his wife to the rigors of discovery in a civil action. I have always wondered how two civil servants were able to afford an expensive home in one of Washington’s finest neighborhoods, for example. Wilson has gotten kid glove treatment from the press. He may just be stupid enough to expose himself to an adversary equipped with subpoena power.