Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s relieved at today’s (Tuesday) decision that special prosecutors will pursue -no- charges against senior White House aide Karl Rove in the probe into a C-I-A leak.

Grassley says “I’m very happy that he’s not being charged in any way because if he were being charged, it would be a major political problem for the White House and maybe yet more negative impact upon the election coming up.”

Rove has testified five times before a grand jury in the leak case and Grassley says he’s always been upfront. Grassley says “He’s been very open and cooperative with the grand jury and you see under those circumstances that he had nothing to hide and I think this exonerates him and lends credibility to everything he’s said over the last two years in regard to that matter.”

Lewis “Scooter” Libby was indicted in the C-I-A case. Libby was Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff.