Friday, October 28, 2005

Libby Indicted on 5 Counts

Lewis Libby, Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff, has resigned after being indicted today:
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 - I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff and one of the most powerful figures in the Bush administration, was formally accused today of lying and obstruction of justice during an inquiry into the unmasking of a covert C.I.A. officer.

A federal grand jury indicted Mr. Libby on one count of obstruction, two counts of perjury and two of making false statements in the course of an investigation that raised questions about the administration's rationale for going to war against Iraq, how it treats critics and political opponents and whether high White House officials shaded the truth.

...Karl Rove, President Bush's senior adviser and deputy chief of staff, was not charged today, but will remain under investigation, people briefed officially about the case said. As a result, they said, the special counsel in the case, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, was likely to extend the term of the federal grand jury beyond its scheduled expiration today.


william t nelson said...

commentary not quotations!!

I guess this was anticlimactic, because the five indictments that were predicted last night all went to the same person. However, Mr Fitzgerald proved himself serious and confident--he cannot be easily dismissed.

Tim Russert: Well, what would you like to happen, as an American citizen?

Don Imus: I'd like to see the President, the Vice President, I'd like to see the nut over at the Pentagon, Rumsfeld, Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, Mary Matalin, Karen Hughes, all of them led out of there in handcuffs with raincoats over there heads, and I'd like them all to be down there and have to pose for mug shots to come out looking like Nick Nolte, that's what I want.

Elaine said...

I couldn't have said it any better than Imus, but I think that Fitzgerald may hope that Libby plea bargains to reveal the source of the leak. And to think, if Judy Miller had complied with the prosecutor, as someone pointed out, we would have been hearing this announcment this time last year. Coincidence? I think not!