He [Rove’s lawyer] did say that Rove himself had testified before the grand jury “two or three times” and signed a waiver authorizing reporters to testify about their conversations with him.
Reporters wouldn’t be going to jail to protect a source who has signed a document releasing them from confidentiality. So either it is someone else, or the reporters understand that Rove signed the document as a formality, and worse things than jail will happen to them if they snitch on this White House.
There’s a problem undermining the glorious fantasy of the “great unraveling” (of the trail of bread crumbs right up the BushCo hierarchy). These guys obsess about Watergate. For thirty years they’ve been thinking about and practicing (Iran-Contra) how to prevent a repeat of what they see as Nixon’s great failure — not being crooked, but being caught at it. (They’ve incidentally been searching for, and constantly attempting to manufacture, a “Democrat Watergate”, with no success.)
They have demonstrated over and over again, especially recently, that there is only one felony: disloyalty to Bush. And all misdemeanors are punished by promotion or Friday afternoon resignation and Monday morning hiring at forty times the salary just down the street.
So, maybe they have licked Watergate this time — maybe they will ALL JUST NOT TALK. It’s not like the Department of Justice is going to really go after them. And the Washington culture of blatant corporate corruption is so openly tolerated (celebrated!) that who will even notice that today’s “third-rate burglars” are tomorrow’s multimillionaires?