October 28, 2005
Do you smell that? That's Scooter Libby as toast.
Lying to investigators and to a grand jury is a crime. Those who commit it should be prosecuted and punished. There's no need for me to defend Libby. If I did what he's accused of doing I'd be going to jail. No pity for Libby.
The indictment deals with lying and perjury. It doesn't get to the heart of the Plame story. Who told Bob Novak about Plame? Tom Maguire guesses it was Ari Fleischer. Was Plame covert? Fitzgerald said her status was classified, but there wasn't enough for him to charge Libby with that crime. Bob Woodward told Larry King that there was no damage. Libby isn't accused of talking to Novak. Libby talked to Judy Miller who, ironically, didn't write a story about Plame.
"Cheney Adviser Indicted in CIA Leak Case"
UPDATE: Cheney's office and Rep. Jack Kingston issued releases on Scooter's resignation.
Ace questions why Fitzgerald took two years to see if a crime was even committed:
And so here we are. No crime was committed BEFORE the investigation, so he indicts someone on five charges (?) for statements made in the course of the investigation.
That gives this a Martha Stewart feel.