PLAME INDICTMENTS?….Today’s hot topic of conversation is Karl Rove’s return to the grand jury and the possibility, mentioned in this New York Times article, that prosecutors are considering federal espionage charges against Rove & Co., not charges under the more problematic Intelligence Identities Protection Act.

But as much as I hate to say it, it was the third paragraph of the Times story that caught my attention:

Mr. Fitzgerald is said by some of the lawyers to have indicated that he has not made up his mind about whether to accuse anyone of wrongdoing and will use the remaining days before the grand jury’s term expires on Oct. 28 to decide.

Look, maybe this is just spin from Rove’s lawyers. But if it’s true, it has to mean that Fitzgerald has a weak case at best. He’s been investigating for two years, he’s now gotten testimony from every single person he wants testimony from, and yet he’s still not sure he has the goods to hand down indictments? That doesn’t sound very promising.

Maybe I’m wrong about this, but at the moment I’m keeping my enthusiasm in check. If Fitzgerald has a strong case, I want to see him bring charges. But if it’s a ticky tack case, I’d just as soon he didn’t. We really don’t need more of that.

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