The wheels of the bus go round, round, round
Poor Mr. Libby, under the bus
Read the indictment.
The Press Conference Transcript
FITZGERALD: Good afternoon. I'm Pat Fitzgerald. I'm the United States attorney in Chicago, but I'm appearing before you today as the Department of Justice special counsel in the CIA leak investigation.And all night long, the right has been saying: It's one man, it's not the White House.
Joining me, to my left, is Jack Eckenrode, the special agent in charge of the FBI office in Chicago, who has led the team of investigators and prosecutors from day one in this investigation.
A few hours ago, a federal grand jury sitting in the District of Columbia returned a five-count indictment against I. Lewis Libby, also known as Scooter Libby, the vice president's chief of staff.
The grand jury's indictment charges that Mr. Libby committed five crimes. The indictment charges one count of obstruction of justice of the federal grand jury, two counts of perjury and two counts of false statements.
Before I talk about those charges and what the indictment alleges, I'd like to put the investigation into a little context.
Valerie Wilson was a CIA officer. In July 2003, the fact that Valerie Wilson was a CIA officer was classified. Not only was it classified, but it was not widely known outside the intelligence community.
Valerie Wilson's friends, neighbors, college classmates had no idea she had another life.
The fact that she was a CIA officer was not well- known, for her protection or for the benefit of all us. It's important that a CIA officer's identity be protected, that it be protected not just for the officer, but for the nation's security.
Valerie Wilson's cover was blown in July 2003. The first sign of that cover being blown was when Mr. Novak published a column on July 14th, 2003.
But Mr. Novak was not the first reporter to be told that Wilson's wife, Valerie Wilson, Ambassador Wilson's wife Valerie, worked at the CIA. Several other reporters were told.
In fact, Mr. Libby was the first official known to have told a reporter when he talked to Judith Miller in June of 2003 about Valerie Wilson.
Now, something needs to be borne in mind about a criminal investigation.
I recognize that there's been very little information about this criminal investigation, but for a very good reason.
It may be frustrating when investigations are conducted in secret. When investigations use grand juries, it's important that the information be closely held.
So let me tell you a little bit about how an investigation works.
Investigators do not set out to investigate the statute, they set out to gather the facts.
It's critical that when an investigation is conducted by prosecutors, agents and a grand jury they learn who, what, when, where and why. And then they decide, based upon accurate facts, whether a crime has been committed, who has committed the crime, whether you can prove the crime and whether the crime should be charged.
Agent Eckenrode doesn't send people out when $1 million is missing from a bank and tell them, Just come back if you find wire fraud. If the agent finds embezzlement, they follow through on that.
That's the way this investigation was conducted. It was known that a CIA officer's identity was blown, it was known that there was a leak. We needed to figure out how that happened, who did it, why, whether a crime was committed, whether we could prove it, whether we should prove it.
And given that national security was at stake, it was especially important that we find out accurate facts.
What? To call Libby Cheney's bitch would be to mistate the closeness of the relationship. Maybe to call him Cheney's left testicle might be more accurate.
Libby did Cheney's dirty work with glee.
Now, everyone is "breathing easier" and "glad" Rove isn't indicited.
Look, Fitzgerald is SO confident of his evidence that he will use ANY of the sitting grand juries to file his case.
Rove is being told to rat or face jail.
Libby is looking for a white shoe criminal lawyer, which could end up costing him $2m, to save his ass.
Keep in mind that Libby is a lawyer. In addition to being broke, he faces disbarment, which means he doesn't make any more money, ever. That is a vice on his balls which Fitzgerald is using like Joe Pesci in Casino. Libby has to be shitting himself, seeing how David Brooks wrote him off like a Thai hooker on a business trip. How the new spin is that it's "just one man".
I would bet that Pat told him this is how it would breakdown, how it would end up. The Friends of Scooter Libby would sink him as fast as they could.
"Scooter, they're gonna hang it all on you. Every word."
He was told that he would bear ALL the weight on this. Wurmser and the rest of his neo con buddies would let him hang. Leave his dick swinging in the breeze.
And he didn't believe him.
If you see Scooter Libby taking a plea deal, Dick Cheney's world is gonna collapse.
Rove is already trying to rat his way out. His job is to protect Bush, even if Cheney goes.
The Republicans are trying a Jedi Mind Trick, " this crime isn't important". Too bad it isn't going away. People dislike Bush as is.
Bush created FearAmerica, and now his people are guilty of betraying the CIA, which to people is a bad thing.
This isn't going away.
posted by Steve @ 1:40:00 AM