Friday, October 28, 2005

scooter indicted, resigns

i lewis "scooter" libby was indicted today on five counts of perjury, obstruction of justice, and lying to the grand jury. the smoking gun has the indictment papers.

word is that rove is not being indicted today but is still under investigation. is rove preparing some kind of deal, like copping to a lesser charge? there's also a lot of speculation that john bolton (current UN ambassador who wants to disband the UN) is under investigation as well.

this will be all over the news all everywhere all weekend, so just turn on the tv or swing by your favorite news site for the latest details.

update: raw story suggests that rove wasn't indicted today because fitzgerald thinks he can hit rove with more serious charges:

While many people were left confused by news reports that said Rove wouldn't be indicted Friday, the lawyers said that Rove remains under intense scrutiny and added that Fitzgerald is betting on the fact that he can secure an indictment against Rove on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice, the misuse of classified information, and possibly other charges, as early as next week.

“This investigation is not yet over,” one of the lawyers in the case said. “You must keep in mind that people like Mr. Rove are still under investigation. Rather than securing an indictment on perjury charges against Mr. Rove Mr. Fitzgerald strongly believes he can convince the grand jury that he broke other laws.”

The lawyers said that in the past month Fitzgerald has obtained explosive information in the case that has enabled him to pursue broader charges such as conspiracy, and civil rights violations against targets like Rove. Specifically, the lawyers said Fitzgerald is focusing on phony intelligence documents that led to the outing of Valerie Plame Wilson’s identity: the documents that claimed Iraq was attempting to purchase yellow-cake uranium from Niger.

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