PLAME UPDATE….At this point, it hardly seems worthwhile to say yet again that Patrick Fitzgerald appears likely to indict Scooter Libby, but that’s what the New York Times says today:
Associates of I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, expected an indictment on Friday charging him with making false statements to the grand jury in the C.I.A. leak inquiry, lawyers in the case said Thursday.
Karl Rove, President Bush’s senior adviser and deputy chief of staff, will not be charged on Friday, but will remain under investigation, people briefed officially about the case said. As a result, they said, the special counsel in the case, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, was likely to extend the term of the federal grand jury beyond its scheduled expiration on Friday.
….Among the many unresolved mysteries is whether anyone in addition to Mr. Libby and Mr. Rove might be charged and in particular whether Mr. Fitzgerald would name the source who first provided the identity of an undercover C.I.A. officer to Robert D. Novak, the syndicated columnist.
Hmmm. I hope this isn’t turning into a Ken Starr-style fishing expedition. As much as I’d like to see Karl Rove frog marched out of the West Wing, I have to say that if Fitzgerald hasn’t been able to make a case against him in two years, it might be time to call it a day. This investigation shouldn’t last forever.
Then again, maybe the Times is wrong. Wouldn’t be the first time.