Saturday, October 29, 2005

End Or The Begining

Another Fitzgerald case underway:

The investigation, dubbed Operation Safe Road, initially focused on bribes exchanged for licenses for unqualified truck drivers when Ryan was secretary of state. It expanded into a broader investigation of political corruption that snared several of his top aides and associates.
Ryan became the 66th person charged in the investigation; 59 people and his campaign committee have been convicted so far.


I don't know for sure how many indictments it started with but I bet it wasn't 59.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the Washington Post had the best story on the Libby indictmnt. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/28/AR2005102800153_pf.html
I was very disappointed in the indictments yesterday, and especially in the fact that watching Fitzgerald's press conference, it did not seem to me like Fitzgerald would likely be indicting anyone else later on.
That does not mean he does not think other people are not guilty of crimes, only that he probably thinks he would not be able to prove it. BUT, the following in the Post article gives some hope:

..."Although no indictment was announced for Rove, 54, the White House deputy chief of staff, today's proceedings did not remove him from legal jeopardy, since the investigation is continuing.

An attorney for Rove, Robert Luskin, said in a statement this morning, "The Special Counsel has advised Mr. Rove that he has made no decision about whether or not to bring charges and that Mr. Rove's status has not changed. Mr. Rove will continue to cooperate fully with the Special Counsel's efforts to complete the investigation. We are confident that when the Special Counsel finishes his work, he will conclude that Mr. Rove has done nothing wrong."

Rove provided new information to Fitzgerald during eleventh-hour negotiations that "gave Fitzgerald pause" about charging Bush's senior strategist, said a source close to Rove. "The prosecutor has to resolve those issues before he decides what to do."

"We're not quite done," Fitzgerald said in an hour-long news conference this afternoon. But he refused to comment on whether anyone beside Libby would be charged in the case or whether additional charges against Libby would be sought.

"I will not end the investigation until I can look anyone in the eye and tell them we have carried out our responsibility sufficiently," Fitzgerald said...""

Lonna

9:45 AM, October 29, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN, Teddy Kennedy. Game, don't even try to bring up anything about Ted, which is what you and everyone else on the Right would do in response to this. The Right never addresses the issue, they simply try to deflect attention FROM the issue. Lonna

"Today is an ominous day for the country, signifying a new low since Watergate in terms of openness and honesty in our government. This is far more than an indictment of an individual. In effect it's an indictment of the vicious and devious tactics used by the Administration to justify a war we never should have fought. It's an indictment of the lengths Administration officials were willing to go to cover up their failed intelligence, their distortion on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and their serious blunders on the war. It is an indictment of their vindictive efforts to discredit anyone who challenge their misrepresentations.

The American people know the high cost of this misguided war -- 2,000 U.S. soldiers dead, more than 15,000 wounded, hundreds of billions of dollars spent with no end in sight, and a continuing shameful effort by the White House to silence those who try to tell the truth about the war. Dissent is the ultimate form of patriotism, and it's time we return to having an honest discourse in this country about changing direction and paying attention to the needs of the American people. The President should take this opportunity to do everything he can to heal the country by not interfering with the prosecution of this case or the continuing investigation, and by cleaning house at the White House to immunize the country against any further corruption and dishonesty. As the President promised, anyone still in the White House who had anything to do with this scandalous plot or the cover-up should be dismissed immediately, whether or not they have been indicted. Something has to give — America can't stand three more years of this failed Bush presidency."

4:37 PM, October 29, 2005  
Blogger Ron said...

anon, we hit this low a long time ago and have been moving along this path for sometime now. Now its being exposed. That is the big difference.

Lonna, I must admit to some disappointment to. Fitz, quite correct but frustrating, refusal to talk about anything was hard to watch. We want to know and we want to know now! I am hoping for the tip of the iceberg here. If not it's time to start coming up with plan B. These people must be exposed.

5:56 PM, October 29, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is kinda significant. Libby talked to "other officials." The only other officials on that plane that day. One of them was Cheney.

June 12, 2003 and July 12, 2003
by Armando
Sat Oct 29, 2005 at 07:37:11 PM PDT
Paragraph 9 of Fitzgerald's Indictment:

On or about June 12, 2003, LIBBY was advised by the Vice President of the United States that Wilson's wife worked at the Central Intelligence Agency . . .

Bart Gellman:

Air Force Two arrived in Norfolk on Saturday morning, July 12, 2003, with Vice President Cheney and his chief of staff aboard. They had come "to send forth a great American ship bearing a great American name," as Cheney said from the flag-draped flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

As Cheney returned to Washington with I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the two men spoke of the news on Iraq -- the most ambitious use of the war machine Reagan built two decades before. A troublesome critic was undermining a principal rationale for the war: the depiction of Baghdad, most urgently by Cheney, as a nuclear threat to the United States.

Defending the war became the animating priority aboard Air Force Two that day. According to his indictment on Friday, Libby "discussed with other officials aboard the plane" how he should respond to "pending media inquiries" about the critic, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV. Apart from Libby, only press aide Catherine Martin is known to have accompanied Cheney on that flight.

Josh Marshall, quoting the NYTimes:

A lawyer who knows Mr. Libby's account said the administration efforts to limit the damage from Mr. Wilson's criticism extended as high as Mr. Cheney. This lawyer and others who spoke about the case asked that they not be identified because of grand jury secrecy rules.

On July 12, 2003, four days after his initial conversation with Ms. Miller, Mr. Libby consulted with Mr. Cheney about how to handle inquiries from journalists about the vice president's role in sending Mr. Wilson to Africa in early 2002 to investigate reports that Iraq was trying acquire nuclear material there for its weapons program, the person said."

The above was from the "Daily Kos."

Lonna

6:26 AM, October 30, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Link to Joe Wilson's article in the L.A. paper. Pretty short.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102905A.shtml

Lonna

6:54 AM, October 30, 2005  
Blogger The Donkey said...

The trial continues. It has been almost two years since Ryan was indicted. Here is what happened today:
Ryan Witness: Lease Deal Cost Taxpayers $173,000

4:41 PM, November 01, 2005  

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