What the Fitzgerald Investigation is Really About: Truth & Accountability



After Fitzgerald’s announcement of five indictment charges against I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, I have to admit that I felt sick to my stomach about this whole affair. It is a great national tragedy to have someone of Libby’s stature fall from his post — but it is something that had to happen. Some of the joy felt by those who have been sending notes of “Merry Fitzmas” to celebrate the coming of the Fitzgerald indictments was tempered by the fact…

Under Secretary Source was Grossman



Bolton in the clear. This from a tuned-in TWN reader. His comment seems right: The Undersecretary of State referenced in the indictment is not John Bolton — it is Marc Grossman, the former U/S for Political Affairs. Because Powell and Armitage were out of the country at the time, Grossman was Acting Sec State. Hence, the State Department’s INR forwarded Grossman the memo on the Niger stuff and Plame and Wilson’s role, and Grossman forwarded it on to the White…

Which Under Secretary of State Trafficked in Valerie Plame Wilson Info?



Here is the current roster of senior State Department officials. Robert Joseph now holds the portfolio previously held by John Bolton. My hunch — given the other options at the Under Secretary level — is that John Bolton was one of Libby’s four sources on Valerie Plame Wilson. It would be nice to have confirmation. Frederick Fleitz, Bolton’s Chief of Staff was concurrently a senior CIA WINPAC official, and may have been Bolton’s source. I’m not sure, but he may…

Four Sources for Libby’s Knowledge on Valerie Plame’s Covert CIA Role



According to Patrick Fitzgerald comments now being made, Libby had four sources for his information on Valerie Plame: 1. Senior CIA Officer 2. An Under Secretary of State 3. Vice President Cheney 4. another member of the Vice President’s staff — Steve Clemons

Libby Resigns — Cheney Makes Statement



Here is text of Vice President Cheney’s Statement: Mr. Libby has informed me that he is resigning to fight the charges brought against him. I have accepted his decision with deep regret. Scooter Libby is one of the most capable and talented individuals I have ever known. He has given many years of his life to public service and has served our nation tirelessly and with great distinction. In our system of government an accused person is presumed innocent until…

The Day Ahead. . .Filling Time Pre-Fitzgerald Announcement



I’m off this morning to meet with Nancy Roman, Washington Director of the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss her report that calls for a bipartisan foreign policy. (. . .but just popped a couple of pain pills.) My colleague and good friend Mark Schmitt took the CFR and Roman to task for the report, pretty harshly in fact. I am very interested in this subject of re-building an “enlightened, pragmatic center” in foreign policy circles — not to be…

Scooter Libby to be Indicted; Rove May Miss Bullet for Now



In my report the other morning after my accident, I mentioned that a prominent journalist had shared this: My sense is that the Rove team is feeling more confident today, the Libby team despondent This squares with the New York Times report this morning that Libby is up for indictment this morning — and Rove has missed the bullet for the time being: Lawyers in the C.I.A. leak case said Thursday that they expected I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President…




After yesterday’s goof — I’m letting all know that all I have is an ongoing swirl of rumors. But here is a note I received from a friend: Steve: First, I hope you’re feeling better. A conspiracy theorist would have a field day with this incident. So, random story: I was speaking with a few friends, and I mentioned, “wouldn’t it be intriguing if Fred Fleitz was the link in the leak case?” Not surprisingly, since my friends don’t work…