Friday, October 28, 2005

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...

Fitzmas. The first present? Scooter goes down. Couldn't happen to a better guy (and what idiot in his fifties still goes by "Scooter," for Pete's sake?).

Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, was indicted Friday on five charges that include obstruction of justice, making false statements and perjury in the investigation into the leak of a covert CIA agent’s name.

Moments after the indictment was announced, the White House said that Libby had resigned.

The five-count indictment accuses Libby of lying about how and when he learned about CIA official Valerie Plame's identity in 2003 and then told reporters about it. The information was classified.

“The charges allege that Libby lied to FBI agents who interviewed him on October 14 and November 26, 2003; committed perjury while testifying under oath before the grand jury on March 5 and March 24, 2004; and engaged in obstruction of justice by impeding the grand jury’s investigation,” prosecutors said in a news release.

Though I should be celebrating, I'm a little hesitant. The right wingers are going to argue that these are "junk" charges, and they have a point; not one of them accuse Libby of blowing Valerie Plame Wilson's cover, all of them are related to the investigation itself. It's worrisome to think that this investigation could end with a lot of indictments, but not a single solid one related to the central fact.

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