Skip to comments.Sources: No Indictments Wednesday in CIA Leak Probe
Posted on 10/26/2005 9:36:57 AM PDT by West Coast Conservative
A special prosecutor who has spent nearly two years investigating the leak of a CIA agent's identity is not expected to announce his long-awaited conclusions on Wednesday.
Sources told FOX News that no indictments or other legal action were expected just yet by the federal grand jury investigating the leak.
Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. attorney in Chicago, was making his final presentation to the 18-member grand jury on Wednesday. The jury's term expires on Friday.
Meanwhile, the White House was attempting to go about its normal business, albeit under a very dark cloud: two top aides, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and Karl Rove, are at the center of the probe, and on Tuesday lawyers involved in the case revealed Vice President Dick Cheney may have tipped off Libby, his chief of staff, to the agent's identity.
Fitzgerald and the grand jury convened at the U.S. District Courthouse at 9 a.m. EDT, just two days before the jury's term is set to expire. Until then, when they decide to announce their findings is entirely at their discretion. Fitzgerald also has the option to extend the grand jury's term.
On Tuesday, investigators interviewed neighbors of the woman at the heart of the case, Valerie Plame. Marc Lefkowitz, who lives across the street from Plame, was interviewed by two FBI agents who arrived at his house without notice, his wife told FOX News. Lefkowitz was asked if he knew that Plame worked for the CIA before her name appeared in a July 14, 2003, column by Robert Novak.
Lefkowitz's wife told FOX News that she and her husband believed Plame was "some kind of consultant," and did not know she worked for the CIA.
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Grand jury appears to have broken for lunch or possibly for the day..
I think this is over.
...or possibly forever.
Looks to me like they're vegetarian.
It's the jury, not the prosecutor, that indicts? Right?
Although the routine is that the jury does whatever the prosecutor asks, that might not happen in this case.
cold water-orgasm ending-buzz kill for the left wing(nut) media, eh?
If Tenet told Cheney and Cheney told Libby, Why aren't they going after Tenet?
I hope you're right...this is over.
I would like to be as optimistic. I do find it interesting, however, that there are reports of last-minute interviewing of Plame's neighbors. I heard her old CIA boss interviewed some time ago and he said her CIA association was well known by some of her neighbors and that in turn was known by the CIA. He thought this was a political witch hunt and nothing more.
Because it is not illegal for the CIA boss to give classified info to the Veep, who is cleared to receive it?
This makes absolutely no sense. You've been conducting an investigation for this long and you just now are trying to find out if people knew she was an agent. Something is really screwy about this.
Is it possible that the visits with the neighbors were staged to distract from some official letter being handed to Val or Joe Wilson at their home?
Aaaw dang it. Don't pop the fantasies in the idiot press yet. I want to see all the subpoenas that would get issued to the lying lefties and watch them squirm.
They all have clearance. They would have to have had proveable malevolent intent to indict them on the discussions you mention. It's their discussing it outside of this group, which I do not think has been proven, that would cause the problem. To all appearances, that is now a moot question anyway. The indictments would be regarding Libby's and Rove's testimony to the GJ. Did they forget to tell about every conversation they've had in years that may have had something to do with Plame? It's down to being a witch hunt.
It's not illegal to tell someone who has clearance. So Tenet could tell Cheney and Cheney could tell Libby, but Libby can't tell Miller (assuming Plame really was undercover).
My guess is it is a push back on someone raising the "She wasn't covert - all her friends and neighbors knew" defense when negotiating with Fitz.