A reader points out this little graf down near the bottom of a Reuters article
on Rove and his possibly-imminent indictment.
In advance of any possible indictment against Rove, his legal team consulted with former Justice Department spokesman Mark Corallo on legal and public relations strategy, a source close to the matter said.
Carollo was named
Director of Public Affairs at the Justice Department on September 23rd, 2003, just a few days before the CIA made its initial referral
to the Justice Department for an investigation into the disclosure of Valerie Plame's identity.
I assume that that timing is merely a coincidence. Carollo had previously been Principal Deputy Director of Public Affairs since March 2002. But this does mean that Carollo was the top communications person at Justice and one of John Ashcroft's close aides during the entire time Ashcroft was supervising the investigation. And he remained so until about a year ago
-- in other words, through most of the life of the Fitzgerald investigation. Now he's working for Rove, the target of the investigation.