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Tilting at Windmills

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October 26, 2005
By: Kevin Drum

LAST MINUTE PLAME UPDATE....The Financial Times, along with pretty much every news outlet in the galaxy, says Wednesday is the day:

Indictments in the CIA leak investigation case are expected to be handed down by a grand jury on Wednesday....On Tuesday night, news reports, supported by a source close to the lawyers involved in the case, said that target letters to those facing indictment were being issued, with sealed indictments to be filed today and released by the end of the week.

There was also some more peculiar news. Various reports confirm that prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was conducting last minute questioning on Tuesday, including an interview with a White House colleague of Karl Rove as well as interviews with some of Joe Wilson's neighbors, apparently to find out if any of them knew Valerie Plame worked for the CIA before Robert Novak wrote his column exposing her.

I don't know what to make of this. On the one hand, it seems odd that Fitzgerald would still be questioning witnesses at this late date. If he has a good case, shouldn't he have wrapped up this stuff long ago?

On the other hand, it might also mean that he's just being super meticulous. Or, perhaps, that he's considering which charges to indict on. As the LA Times puts it:

Some of the questioning indicates that Fitzgerald may still be considering indictments for theories in the case that some have viewed as too difficult to pursue, including a prosecution under a federal law that makes it a felony to reveal the name of a covert agent.

We'll see. Wednesday should be an exciting day, shouldn't it?

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