WASHINGTON (AP) - Karl Rove escaped indictment Friday in the CIA leak case but remained under investigation. The embattled White House braced for charges against Vice President Dick Cheney’s top adviser, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.
Karl Rove put on his Jason mask and slipped out the back door.
Trying to put a brave face on one of the darkest days of his presidency, Bush traveled to Norfolk, Va., to deliver a speech on terrorism. “Thanks for the chance to get out of Washington,” he said.
Oh, the darkest, blackest, bleakest of days……..
Rove’s lawyer said he was told by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s office that investigators would continue their probe into the aide’s conduct. Fitzgerald’s office said Rove would not be indicted Friday, said people close to the Republican strategist, speaking only on condition of anonymity because of grand jury secrecy. Rove is deputy White House chief of staff and Bush’s closest adviser.
Can you believe lawyers are leaking from an investigation of a leak?
The news was far less favorable for Cheney’s chief of staff. White House colleagues expected an indictment charging Libby with false statements in the probe.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice presidential adviser I. Lewis “Scooter’ Libby Jr. was indicted Friday on charges of obstruction of justice, making a false statement and perjury in the CIA leak case.
Throwing the book at him to try to get at Cheney.
Karl Rove, President Bush’s closest adviser, escaped indictment Friday but remained under investigation, his legal status a looming political problem for the White House.
In this article he escaped again. And there is a looming problem for the White House.
The indictments stem from a two-year investigation by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald into whether Rove, Libby or any other administration officials knowingly revealed the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame or lied about their involvement to investigators.
Two years it took to indict one person. Where are the others Fitzmas celebrants were crowing about?
The five-count indictment accuses Libby of lying about how and when he learned about CIA official Valerie Plane’s identity in 2003 and then told reporters about it. The information was classified.
But was Valerie Plame undercover?
Any trial would shine a spotlight on the secret deliberations of Bush and his team as they built the case for war against Iraq.
It could shine a light on the mechanizations of the media too.
Bush ordered U.S. troops to war in March 2003, saying Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction program posed a grave and immediate threat to the United States. No such weapons were found. The U.S. military death toll climbed past 2,000 this week.
2000 huh? Haven’t heard that before.
Moments before the indictments were released, Bush stepped off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House after a brief trip to Norfolk, Va. As the documents were released, Cheney was giving a speech in Georgia.
Just a little filler here.
Libby, 55, is considered Cheney’s alter ego, a chief architect of the war with Iraq. A trial would give the public a rare glimpse into Cheney’s influential role in the West Wing and his behind-the-scenes lobbying for war.
Now it’s back to Cheney’s the guy in control huh?
Though Libby has worked in relative obscurity, he is one of the administration’s influential advisers because of his proximity to Cheney, one of the most powerful vice presidents in history.
He’s big alright.
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UPDATE: There is now a listing for Fitzmas and Fitzween on Wikipedia.
This blogger is maintaining his sense of humor about Plamegate. (But since Libby wasn’t charged for that alleged crime it needs a new name)
Check out the LlamaButchers for an interesting take on Scooter.
Musing Minds muse about Fitzgerald’s take on subpoenaing journalists.
Here is another serious consideration of the charges against Libby from Powerline.