Friday, October 07, 2005

Karl Rove to Grand Jury: I Can Explain

If President Sluggo was wondering if things could get any worse, well the answer is yes. The NYT reports on the right wing revolt over his nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court:
Republicans said that White House officials had not anticipated the intensity of the criticism and that conservative groups felt they had not been given adequate warning that Ms. Miers was the president's pick.
Meanwhile, Bush's political mastermind is otherwise engaged. According to the Washington Post, Karl Rove was invited back before the grand jury in the case of outing CIA operative Valerie Plame:
Special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald contacted Rove last week to seek his fourth appearance before the grand jury -- but warned Rove's lawyer that he could not assure that Rove would not be indicted, according to the source.
A fourth appearance would have to be especially tricky:
It is highly unusual for a person who has any risk of being indicted in a white-collar case to offer to go before the grand jury, say veteran defense lawyers and former prosecutors. But the rare exceptions, they say, are almost always high-profile figures and politicians. Public figures can expect that an indictment will end their careers, and that refusing to cooperate in an investigation could do the same, criminal lawyers said.
A witness who has already appeared several times may be recalled to explain why earlier answers appear to conflict with accounts of other witnesses, said two former prosecutors. Or the prosecutor may simply want to inquire about new topics that have arisen in the investigation.
Lost in the shuffle was Bush's most recent major speech on Iraq and TWoT, which remarkably included mention of what's his name, you know, Osama bin Laden. Two year, six months and seven days after declaring an end to major combat operations in Iraq, Bush is still trying to explain what the war in Iraq has to do with the terrorists who attacked us four yeas ago.
Ironically for Bush and the world, it was anounced this morning that the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Atomic Energy Agency and its chief Mohamed ElBaradei, who has won international support from everywhere but Washington for his peaceful approach to preventing he spread of nuclear weapons:
He faced intense pressure from Washington in the days before the 2003 American.-led invasion of Iraq, demanding more time for weapons inspectors to search the country for weapons of mass destruction. Those weapons were never found.

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