"Indict or get off the pot ..."
... writes Norm Pattis in response to news reports that the special prosector assigned to investigate the leak of a CIA agent's identity may file indictments of high-ranking Bush administration staffers as early as today.
I agree. You may have noticed that I haven't been covering this case on Legal Blog Watch. That's because at this point the story of many closed sessions of grand jury testimony by President Bush's deputy chief of staff and top political strategist, Karl Rove, and Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, is one of private information gathering and plenty of cheap public spin. (If you need to catch up on this story -- spin and all -- I recommend Dan Froomkin's latest on Washingtonpost.com. No, I don't recommend the Times in this case.)
It's time for the man leading the investigation, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, to put up or shut up. Pattis says it better than I: "Those responsible for this leak make the Watergate bunglers look like Ferris Bueller on his day off," writes Pattis. Pattis suggests, "How about putting politics aside? Ask the grand jury for indictments. Is there probable cause to believe the law was broken by men at or near the pinnacle of power? If so, indict. Let them mount a defense that can be challenged by cross-examination. If not, close the file and move on."
Posted by Laurel Newby on October 26, 2005 at 02:58 PM | Permalink
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