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Rove Assembling PR Team

The only thing that would bump Harriet Miers off tomorrow's front pages is if news breaks today that either White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove or vice presidential Chief of Staff Scooter Libby has been indicted in the CIA leak probe.

A GOP source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information, told The Fix that Rove is putting together a public relations strategy to cope with the media crush in the event that he is indicted by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald. Mark Corallo, a former Justice Department spokesman under then Attorney General John Ashcroft, will be part of the effort, according to a person familiar with the planning. Corallo previously worked on Capitol Hill as a mouthpiece for the House Government Reform Committee and for former Rep. Bob Livingston (R-La.). Corallo now has his own public relations firm and, according to one Hill Republican, is seen as an expert in crisis communications.

As of this morning, Rove did not know if he would be indicted, but his legal and political associates are preparing for the worst-case scenario, the source said.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 27, 2005; 3:06 PM ET
Categories:  Republican Party  
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