Bring Back “Today in Speculation”
So last week’s indictments were a bit of an anti-climax. I had heard rumors about the Vice President being marched out of the White House in handcuffs (or having to resign), and so anything that fell short of that scenario was bound to be a bit of a let down. So when just Scooter was indicted, and Rove escaped indictment, I felt dumb for letting myself get so emotionally invested in Plamegate. But a story in today’s Washington Post amped me back up…
While Rove faces doubts about his White House status, there are new indications that he remains in legal jeopardy from Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald’s criminal investigation of the Plame leak…. Fitzgerald is considering charging Rove with making false statements in the course of the 22-month probe, and sources close to Rove—who holds the titles of senior adviser and White House deputy chief of staff—said they expect to know within weeks whether the most powerful aide in the White House will be accused of a crime.
But some top Republicans said yesterday that Rove’s problems may not end there. Bush’s top advisers are considering whether it is tenable for Rove to remain on the staff, given that Fitzgerald has already documented something that Rove and White House official spokesmen once emphatically denied—that he played a central role in discussions with journalists about Plame’s role at the CIA and her marriage to former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, a critic of the Iraq war.
So, Eli, I guess you’ll have to bring back—and start torturing us again with—your tormenting, teasing, hopes-getting-upping regular Slog feature “Today in Speculation.”