11/18/2005

Daily Kos: Fitzgerald Expected to Present Woodward Evidence To New Grand Jury

Fitzgerald Expected to Present Woodward Evidence To New Grand Jury
by Hunter
Thu Nov 17, 2005 at 08:59:47 PM CST

Thanks to mitch2k2 for tracking down the nugget that not only has Woodward been deposed, but that Fitzgerald intends to present the information to a new (already seated) grand jury. Via the WSJ (subscription only):

The White House now must brace itself for the possibility that Mr. Fitzgerald's probe, far from winding down, may have just gotten a second wind. Prosecutors deposed Mr. Woodward in anticipation of presenting that evidence to a new grand jury, according to a person familiar with the situation. The one that indicted Mr. Libby expired on Oct. 28. That could require that Mr. Card and the unnamed official be called to testify about their conversations with Mr. Woodward. A White House spokeswoman declined to comment.

Presuming the obvious -- that Fitzgerald would not be presenting evidence if not actively seeking new indictments, or at least probing the possibilities of such from the grand jury -- it is difficult to see the Woodward revelations as good news for the White House. That hasn't stopped the usual parties from trying, of course, but I'm not sure that uninformed spin will accomplish anything meaningful, in this circumstance, even if it is the only thing that most partisans are good at. Fitzgerald's case is Fitzgerald's case, and is not likely to be influenced by partisan guesswork as to what the revelations of Woodward's additional source might mean.

Woodward's revelations are being used, by many, to cement what I've referred to previously as the "idiot" defense of the White House -- that Plame's classified status was not overtly leaked as an act of punishment, but was widely propagated simply due to wide-ranging administration incompetence at the handling of classified data. That could very well be the case, but it's also unclear that willful incompetence abrogates the legal implications of the case -- a question very broadly hinted at by Fitzgerald in the content of the existing Libby indictment, and even more so in his press conference describing the indictment.

Daily Kos: Fitzgerald Expected to Present Woodward Evidence To New Grand Jury

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