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Fitzgerald gossip straight from my inbox
By Jan Frel

I just got this e-mail from a Democratic House member's staffer with tons of good dirt on the Plame investigation. I'm reprinting it whole cloth to share all, and show that while these Hill staffers are well-informed, they sure could use some capitalization classes.

Among the things I hadn't seen before:

-Fred Flights, an assistant to John Bolton, is a named name who could be indicted.

-Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have been suggested as replacements for Dick Cheney.

-Colin Powell told John McCain he showed the infamous memo with Plame's identity on it two just two people; Dick Cheney and George Bush.

-Fitzgerald is looking at the precedent set from the indictment of Tricky Dick's veep Spiro Agnew to pursue against Cheney.

That's red meat folks.

Text of the e-mail:

below, some extremely sensitive information about the impending conclusion of the valerie plame investigations. the sources include two senior members of senate and key staffers; counsel for individuals that have been called before the grand jury; and two journalists taking a lead position in investigating the case. the following represents a composite of the information from those sources.

plamegate coming to conclusion. the investigation has focused mostly closely on vice president cheney and his staff, as well as us ambassador to the un (and former undersecretary of state for arms control) john bolton and his staff. we are told that eight indictments have already prepared, with the possibility of another ten. these indictments include senior white house staff, most notably vice president cheney's chief of staff scooter libby, fred flights (special assistant to john bolton), and--very surprisingly--national security adviser steve hadley. apparently, libby and hadley have both been told by their lawyers to expect indictments. the indictment of senior bush political advisor karl rove seems highly probable.

most critically, a plea bargain process has evidently been opened with vice president cheney's lawyer. that does not mean that an indictment is coming. but i've some critical background around the issue.

in the past several days, former secretary of state colin powell had a meeting with senator john mccain (R-AZ), primarily about the mccain-sponsored amendment on inserting a rider prohibiting torture onto the us defense budget (a bill which powell has himself been lobbying heavily for, against objections of president bush).

during the meeting, powell recounted to the senator that he had traveled on air force one with bush and cheney, and brought to their attention a classified memorandum about the issue of whether there was indeed a transaction inolving niger and yellow cake uranium. the document included ambassador joe wilson's involvement and identified his wife, valerie plame, as a covert agent. the memorandum further stated that this information was secret. powell told mccain that he showed that memo only to two people--president and vice president. according to powell, cheney fixated on the wilson/plame connection, and plame's status.

powell testified about this exchange in great length to the grand jury investigating the plame case. according to sources close to the case, powell appeared convinced that the vice president played a focal role in disclosing plame's undercover status.

in his conversation with mccain, powell felt that--at a minimum--there would be a serious shakeup at national security council as a consequence. in particular, vice president cheney would no longer hold a pivotal role in us national security affairs. powell apparently did not discuss the potential of a cheney resignation.

lead prosecutor patrick fitzgerald has apparently been looking at the precedent of formerly indicted nixon vice president spiro agnew. this shows the likely path, because addressing executive immunity and privilege questions would necessarily begin start with a plea-bargain deal that would entail a resignation.

this is all likely to occur within the next week. 28 october (next friday) is the last day of the grand jury, and no requests have been made to extend their session. the investigator is expecting to wrap up by then.

there are enormous implication for what would be the biggest white house shakeup since the iran-contra scandal in the reagan era. president bush's approval rating at 39% has already led to a significant decrease in policy efficacy with key legislators in congress. i'll spin out the broader policy implications when i have some time to write at greater length, but i wanted to get this out immediately.

one interesting point though--it is worth noting that a parade of senior republican senators have evidently been privately pushing mccain to lobby to be cheney's replacement. senator lindsey graham (R-SC) has also been mentioned. meanwhile, the white house has already been developing countermeasures--notably including senior white house officials privately voicing president bush's disappointment in karl rove's involvement in the case, calling it "misconduct." an urgent search for a rove replacement is already underway.

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This makes sense.
Are any reporters going to be indicted?
What about novak who actually wrote the story?

Why on earth would a reporter be indicted? They didn't take an oath to not disseminate classified information, etc.

A reporter would be indicted for the same reason as anyone else: because there is evidence they broke the law. You don't have to "take an oath" to be subject to the laws of (your) land.

Considering that the rumours are going as far as the possibility of indicting the vice-president of the U.S., no lowly reporter is safe from the same process if the evidence shows that they intentionally caused Plame's identity to become public.

"they sure could use some capitalization classes"

No Democrat Left Behind.

usually indictments lead to resignations but with this group I wouldn't be surprised if they hunkered down and tried to ride it out.

I meant proved it was too good to be true. This e-mail is a hoax


As billmon pointed out, Cheney wasn't on that trip. In fact it would have been impossible for Powell to show that memo to Bush and Cheney on Air Force on any trip. They're not allowed to fly on the same aircraft.

OK, Cheney might have boarded while it was grounded to wish George "bon voyage" and Powell came up and delayed the departure by showing them both the memo. But is that really likely? Crashcart Cheney emerging from his troll's lair to wish George a happy flight? And to do so on Air Force 1 itself rather than before George boarded?

Perhaps not a hoax. The staffer could have it wrong or Powell lied. He's not an honest man, you know.

Could you provide a permalink?

Washington will never allow Fitz to hammer any of the Bush boys--(Sharon's men).
When the news media is silenta,forget about any impeachment or jail time or any resignations.As in Ron Starr,Fitz is dragging it out- climax with a pending thud!--Chenny and gang is safe folks--don't listen to rumours of crap!

I hope it is false, I don't want to see them indicted and "walk" for 911, two illegal wars (and counting) and mass human rights violations (Guantanamo,Bagram). Nurmeberg would be more appropriate.

Please please...

Not Fred Flights, Fred Fleitz.

Word is Colin Powell may just be Pat Fitzgerald's prime witness against BushCo and he'll bring the house down. The slam by Powell aide Wilkerson was the first shot over the bow. Powell's allegedly sick and tired of what the Bushies have been doing to the country and his army and his loyalty to his country overrides his loyalty to the Bush family. The next few weeks should be interesting.

Look for Fitzgerald to be fired or he just may have an fatal accident. Stay out of small planes Fitz's.

We already know that this group had been planning to invade Iraq since the 90s. This didn't just start with 9-11. This goes back to the Jan 1 2000, when they stepped into that office. There have been countless reports that the plan was ALWAYS to invade Iraq.
Do you think Fitzpatick is going back that far? Or further, with the wolfowitz doctrine?
I also see a bigger problem, our congress was told by several Weapons inspectors that there was no weapons program but instead of listening to the inspectors, they said "everyone thought they had weapons." NO, everyone did NOT think that. And what about the half a million anti-war protestors? We got demonized too - it wasn't just joe wilson that got beat down.

"We already know that this group had been planning to invade Iraq since the 90s. "

Actually, the first trial balloon to invade Iraq was floated in 1974 when Henry Kissinger wrote a piece for Harper's under the pen name Miles Ignotious. To say the plan wasn't well-received at the time is to understate the repulsion.

you people are dreaming. bush will pardon all these miscreants, just as his dad pardoned the thugs involved in the iran-contra mess.

and i don't believe that cowardly colin powell suddenly grew some cojones, and is out to bring down the bushgang. if he wanted to end the bush regime, he could have told some nice true tales and resigned before the 2004 election.
but no, he didn't. he stayed "loyal" to the party, and pissed on his country. he's not a leader, just a follower.

too bad so many people had high hopes for colin, but he turned out to have no balls.


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