[eDebate] "06 cr 128"--the coffin nail

Jake Stromboli infracaninophile
Mon Jun 12 13:50:46 CDT 2006


"06 cr 128"

By Marc Ash,

Mon Jun 12th, 2006 at 12:33:57 PM EDT :: Fitzgerald Investigation

Just a general review of Jason Leopold's latest article on the Fitzgerald 
investigation/Rove indictment - for clarity.

Once again we will attempt to clearly separate what we know from what we 
believe - and why. What we know will be based on official records and 
official statements. What we believe will be based on single source 
information and general background information obtained from experts. The 
conclusions we arrive at should be considered carefully, but not taken as 
statements of fact, per se.

We know for certain several things about federal indictment "06 cr 128" 
(Sealed vs. Sealed). The indictment was returned by the same grand jury that 
has been hearing matters related to the Fitzgerald/Plame investigation. The 
indictment was filed in the time frame (around May the 10th) that the 
indictment of Karl Rove was first reported. The title of the indictment, 
Sealed vs. Sealed, is unusual. Typically a sealed federal indictment will be 
titled, "US vs. Sealed." The indictment has been sealed for roughly five 
weeks, an unusually long time (although not unheard-of). We know that 
experts watching the Fitzgerald/Plame investigation are keeping a very close 
eye on "06 cr 128" (Sealed vs. Sealed). We know that we attempted to contact 
Karl Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, on two occasions while researching this 
issue and both calls went unreturned.

Now for what we believe: We believe that federal criminal indictment "06 cr 
128" (Sealed vs. Sealed) is directly related to the Fitzgerald/Plame 
investigation. That's based on a single credible source and the information 
discussed above. We believe that Karl Rove is cooperating with federal 
investigators, and for that reason Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald is not 
willing to comment on his status. That is based, again, on a single credible 
source, and background information provided by experts in federal criminal 
law. We believe that the indictment was returned and filed "on May 10 2006." 
Same single credible source, and details from the filing records. We believe 
that if any of the key facts that we have reported were materially false or 
inaccurate some statement to that effect would be forthcoming from 
Fitzgerald's staff. That is based on the same single credible source.

Brief note to our regulars:

One negative consequence of the Rove indictment firestorm has been that so 
much of what we cover that is so important to the community has been pushed 
into the background. There's a war going on, the right to vote is in doubt, 
democracy itself is under attack. Let's work together to keep our focus.

Marc Ash, Executive Director - t r u t h o u t
director at truthout.org

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