Friday, October 28, 2005

Libby To Be Indicted Today; Investigation of Rove's Role To Continue

White House officials braced for the possibility that Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, would be indicted in the CIA leak case this afternoon.

Meanwhile, various reports suggest senior White House advisor Karl Rove would be spared an indictment, but still remain under investigation.

Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald's office announced it would release information on its 22-month investigation at noon today, and would hold a press conference at 2 p.m. The Associated Press reported this morning that possible charges are obstruction of justice or perjury, along with possible violations of a law barring disclosure of the identity of a covert intelligence agent.

Various television and news agency reports this morning, quoting anonymous sources close to the investigation, said that Fitzgerald might continue investigating Rove. The AP reported that Fitzgerald told Rove's lawyer yesterday that investigators had not completed their probe into Rove's conduct.

It was unclear how Fitzgerald would keep the Rove investigation going since the current grand jury is scheduled to expire at the end of the day on Friday. The New York Times said Fitzgerald was likely to extend its term. But federal guidelines suggest Fitzgerald would have to seek a new grand jury because the current one has served the maximum allowable amount of time.

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At the White House, aides scrambled to put the finishing touches on a political strategy to respond to the fallout from any criminal charges, including the likelihood of staff changes. A Republican consultant with close White House ties said Chief of Staff Andrew Card had canceled at least two trips in the past week and had met with Bush over the weekend to focus on how to react to the grand jury's decisions.

"These will be very, very dark days for the White House," the consultant quoted Card as saying.

President Bush has praised Fitzgerald's deft handling of the inquiry, which could deflate any later attempts to paint him as a partisan prosecutor over-reaching his mandate.

However, Republican pollster Frank Luntz told Financial Times: "If [Fitzgerald] indicts, they [the White House] will have no choice but to attempt to demonize him. I think that is going to be really, really tough."

16 Comments:

Anonymous Skinner said...

I like how they say the White House "will have no choice"


He makes it sound as if 1) the White House really doesn't have a choice, which is absurd, and 2) there actually existed a possiblity that the White House would not try to demonize Fitzgerald, which is also absurd.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous ourbluenation said...

Luntz? The rightie pollster? Just file it under "spin".

They wouldn't be that stupid...or??????

11:57 AM  
Anonymous bloom said...

They have to keep the base deluded....

If they let the truth in - people might suspicious about a lot of things.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous FLDem5 said...

It will only be successful if the MSM allows their assassins air time to run their smear campaign. Let's wait and see if they whore out or not.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous cynatnite said...

I heard someone trash the grand jury proceedings...

I can't remember who it was, but they were saying how only the prosecuter is in there and controls the proceedings.

I wondered if that's how they're going to attack if they can't go after Fitz.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous DoYouEverWonder said...

Maybe that's why Fitzgerald let Libby know he was going to be indicted and let Karl hang out in the breeze for a bit longer? That forces Rove and the WH to go into their typical Swift Boat mode and if they do they will play right into Fitzgerald's hands.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous sunnystarr said...

I may be wrong but I think Fitz was ready to indict Rove on perjury, lying to a GJ, and obstruction of justice ... I even read that he offered Rove a deal of pleading guilty to perjury and it was declined. But new information has emerged over the past week and it could be that since it looks like a new GJ will impanelled Fitz will have more time to develop more serious charges against Rove.

Or Rove ticked off Fitz and he's gonna leave him waving in the breeze before he closes in with an indictment.

12:00 PM  
Anonymous bloom said...

That's an interesting theory.

I was hoping they would hurry up and indict Rove to shut him down. He's certainly done enough already. And he's awfully good at getting away with it - for the most part.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous DoYouEverWonder said...

Many of the things that Fitzgerald has done since he put Judy in jail was meant to divide and conquer. Seems Fitzgerald has been very successful so far.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Marr said...

"No choice"? How the hell does he figure that? Of course they have a choice. They may choose to demonize people rather than deal with problems, but it *is* a choice. It'd be intensely stupid, since their smear campaign style is what got them to this point in the first place. Then again, the Bush Administration has become known for making intensely stupid choices.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Gman said...

That would be most incredibly stupid go after a no nonsense federal prosecutor who has a-hold of your ass with an iron claw grip. The best thing Bushco can do is fall on their knees and beg forgiveness. But we all know that isn't going to happen.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous bklyncowgirl said...

Let's see, what "grass roots" group will attack Fitzgerald?

Most of the people who really hate this guy happen to be serving time in one of this country's many fine penal institutions.

We could have:

Al Queda Money Launderers for Truth
"Patrick Fitzgerald put innocent businessmen like me who were only collecting money for innocent Islamic charities behind bars."

Mafia Soldiers against Overzealous Prosecutors
"Hey, we wuz just minding our own business...."

Crooked Polticians speak out
"I used to be Governor of Illinois...."
"I'm still the Mayor of Chicago but not for long if Pat Fitzgerald has his way..."

Or they could put up a picture of Sheik Omar and describe how Fitzgerald went after this kindly old gent who looks like Santa Claus like he was some sort of evil terrorist or something.

I'd love to see it.

12:06 PM  
Anonymous leesa said...

"... will have no choice but to demonize him." They are so vile. Why is that even a choice. They are just 6th grade bullies who have never grown up.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Norquist Nemesis said...

Well, Luntz should know

He's probably already finished up work with focus groups for branding phrases and brainstorming with alliteration exercises. Check's in the mail Frankieboy!!

12:08 PM  
Anonymous kentuck said...

The White House won't do it personally.. They have Rush, Hannity, O'Reilly. Ingraham, etc... They can simply say, "no comment"...no big deal

12:08 PM  
Anonymous berni_mccoy said...

The WH hasn't learned from it's past mistakes

Why should they learn from this one?

Ironic isn't it? That they would backlash against the attorney who is prosecuting them because they backlashed...!

1:21 PM  

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