LEWIS "SCOOTER" LIBBY INDICTED
The Associated Press (AP) reports that a 5-count indictment has been returned against Vice President Cheney's advisor, Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has scheduled a press conference for 2:00pm EDT today, according to CNN.
Vice presidential adviser I. Lewis "Scooter' Libby Jr. was indicted Friday on charges of obstruction of justice, making a false statement and perjury in the CIA leak case.
Karl Rove, President Bush's closest adviser, escaped indictment Friday but remained under investigation, his legal status a looming political problem for the White House.
The indictments stem from a two-year investigation by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald into whether Rove, Libby or any other administration officials knowingly revealed the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame or lied about their involvement to investigators.
The five-count indictment accuses Libby of lying about how and when he learned about CIA official Valerie Plane's identity in 2003 and then told reporters about it. The information was classified.
The Democratic Party, wringing its hands in the wake of the Harriet Miers' withdrawal yesterday, as she was the candidate of choice (yes, pun intended) for Harry Reid and RINO Arlen Specter, has new red meat today, albeit not as large a portion as they had hoped for given Karl Rove was not indicted.
Expect a resignation to be forthcoming from Mr. Libby.
FOLLOW-UP: Here's the ACE's take on the indictments and Fitzgerald's handling of the investigation.
FOLLOW-UP II: Thoughtful analysis on indictments at Protein Wisdom.
FOLLOW-UP III: Lorie Byrd of Polipundit makes a wry observation on the Plame/Libby matter.
FOLLOW-UP IV: Sean Hackbarth weighs in.
FOLLOW-UP V: Captain Ed provides his usual thorough and insightful analysis on the matter and includes a link to Michelle Malkin.
FOLLOW-UP VI: I've saved the best for last -- Frank Laughter doesn't mince words. He also points to the perspicacity of Polipundit.