Former Bush Administration advisor Karl Rove said Sunday night that he expects to be indicted by the end of the year.
The comment came in a highly charged lecture and question-answer session at the University of Iowa.
Think Progress reports that Rove's comment came in response to a question about the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame. "I haven't been indicted yet, but I fully expect to be by the end of the year," Rove said.
Rove was "seemingly joking" at the time of the statement, Think Progress reports. No word on whether Rove was asked about his role in the political use of the U.S. Justice Department, an issue highlighted by the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, a Democrat.
A group of students and local citizens held a mock trial of Rove in the student union before the lecture. Rove became contentious during his presentation, saying one questioner had a "simple, stupid mind."
Our friends at WriteChic report that two people attempted to execute citizen's arrests on Rove during his appearance in Iowa. Rove received a $40,000 fee for his trouble.