The Plame Game

Vice President Cheney’s Chief of Staff Scooter Libby was indicted today on five charges related to the Valerie Plame affair. Libby resigned his position on Friday after a federal grand jury handed down one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury, and two counts of making false statements. Out of the woods at least for now is White House advisor Karl Rove and Vice President Cheney himself, who was subject to wild resignation rumors last week. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is still looking at whether Rove committed perjury during one of his four appearances before the grand jury.

I’m not a lawyer, so I won’t play one on the blogosphere. There are plenty of lawyers on other blogs (like ITA where this post originated) who can talk in more detail about what Libby is up against. My political gut reaction is that today could have gone a lot worse for the president, especially if the higher-profile Rove ended up facing indictment too. That the jury is still out on Rove’s involvement means the administration can’t breathe easy just yet.

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