Sunday, October 30, 2005

FITZGERALD ROUNDUP After a weekend of reflection, I now think I may have spoken too soon when I ventured that Libby expected Ari Fleischer to keep quiet about their Plame conversation.

As Brad DeLong notes, roughly a dozen people inside and outside of government have contradicted Libby's account of events. And so, I'm finding it harder and harder to believe that Libby ever thought his story would fly.

More likely, he decided to take one for the team--to shield others from legal or political consequences.

Of course, that raises all sorts of questions about the use and abuse of the presidential pardoning power--questions CONTRAPOSITIVE will explore at some length in the days to come.

In the meantime, Billmon makes the case that Fitzgerald's indictment is at least one count short, and that the prosecutor was contemplating even more explosive charges relatively late in the game. (He follows that post with another--also well worth reading--exploring the possibility that Fitzgerald has more in store for the Bushies.)

Elsewhere, The Plank asks Fitzgerald spokesman Randall Samborn an interesting question, and gets an interesting answer.

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