In lengthy interviews over the weekend and on Monday, they said that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has started to prepare the paperwork to present to the grand jury seeking an indictment against White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove or National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.
Although the situation remains fluid, it's possible, these sources said, that Fitzgerald may seek to indict both Rove and Hadley, charging them with perjury, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy related to their roles in the leak of Plame Wilson's identity and their effort to cover up their involvement following a Justice Department investigation.
I won't hold my breath waiting for Rove's indictment, because he is a slippery motherfucker and, like many friends and family members of the Bush dynasty, he has a nasty way of avoiding taking the consequences of his actions.
But it's good to know that Fitgerald, unlike Kenneth Starr, is taking his time and building his case slowly, avoiding as best he can making any mistakes that could hurt his ability to prosecute his case.
Starr, who had been appointed by Republican witch-hunters in Congress to go after then-President Bill Clinton, rushed through his investigation of the Whitewater scandal and got sloppy. In the end, all Starr could do was trap Clinton into lying under oath about an extramarital affair. Neither Bill nor Hillary were touched by Whitewater, except in the mainstream media, who helped crucify them. So much for "liberal bias."
Fitzgerald, on the other hand, is obviously the kind of guy who carefully and systematically goes through his case, taking time to make sure his evidence is solid before going for an indictment.
Bush, Cheney, Rove and whoever else was involved in outing Valerie Plame-Wilson's CIA identity over her husband Joe's calling bullshit on the Iraq/Niger/uranium lie may never see a prison cell for their crimes. But the possibility is open, if nothing else, for the stigma of criminal indictment to disgust enough patriotic Americans into taking back control of the country and giving power in Congress to the Democrats.
Now if only we could get those damned Diebold election-riggers out of Ohio and other critical states...Maybe we could get Fitzgerald to go after Ken Blackwell?