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Fitzgerald to Decide and Tell Lawyers Monday

Reuters is reporting that Fitzgerald will tell lawyers Monday if their clients are targets and he intends to seek perjury or obstruction charges against them.

Top administration officials are expected to learn from Fitzgerald as early as Monday whether they will face charges as the prosecutor winds up his nearly two-year investigation, the lawyers said. Fitzgerald could convene the grand jury as early as Tuesday to lay out a final summary of the case and ask for approval of possible indictments, legal sources said. The grand jury hearing the CIA leak case normally meets on Wednesdays and is scheduled to expire on Friday unless Fitzgerald extends it.

It sounds like Rove is in negotiations:

Asked whether he was taking part in a final round of discussions with the prosecutor's office, Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, said: "I'm just not going to comment on any possible interactions with Fitzgerald."

The bottom line, according to Ace Washington defense lawyer Abbe Lowell:

"People better be ready for charges."

The question now: Will there be any hold-outs who turn down plea offers from Fitzgerald?

For the countless souls beaten by their goals
Keep a hold on now
And the ones betrayed by the deals they made
Keep a hold on
If you hold your ground it'll turn around
Keep a hold somehow
Hold on hold out, keep a hold on tight
Tonight's the night
Wake up and turn on the light
You fight, and you're right--
It's gonna take all your might...
You're a hold out

[Jackson Browne, Hold On Hold Out, you can sing along here (audio clip).]

[Hat tip for the Reuters article to Patriot Daily.]

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  • Re: Fitzgerald to Decide and Tell Lawyers Monday (none / 0) (#1)
    by profmarcus on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:17 PM EST
    "[Howard] Dean was asked Sunday by ABC "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos: 'If [Fitzgerald] finishes his investigation without bringing indictments and without issuing a final report, will you accept that as the end of the matter?' 'No,' Dean shot back. 'Because I fundamentally don't think these are honest people running the government.'" and there ya have it...

    Re: Fitzgerald to Decide and Tell Lawyers Monday (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:17 PM EST
    The Bush minions are already spinning. Sen Kay Baily Hutchison was on one of the talk shows this morning, and she said if the indictments aren't for "outing" an agent but for something else - then they aren't really serious. I can't remember her exact words. 1,996 dead. It's serious no matter what the indictments say.

    Re: Fitzgerald to Decide and Tell Lawyers Monday (none / 0) (#3)
    by Joe Bob on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:17 PM EST
    Not that I ever thought Sen. Hutchinson had a lot of integrity to begin with, but I don't think she was saying the same thing in 1998 when it was Bill Clinton facing impeachment. I can't recall all of the grounds for Clinton's impeachment, but perjury and obstruction were among the accusations. None of the primary accusations, with Whitewater, Paula Jones, or whatever else, ever held water. Republicans seemed pretty concerned with the 'rule of law' back then. I have no doubt that Hutchinson was sent forth to the talk shows by the Republican leadership in order to do a little preemptive damage control. I have long thought that the Republicans currently running the show in Washington place their allegience to the GOP ahead of the law and what's good for this country. They don't actually care what Rove or Libby did; they'll protect themselves and the party above all else.

    Re: Fitzgerald to Decide and Tell Lawyers Monday (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:17 PM EST
    For a complete colection of the latest PlameGate news, briefings, timelines, statutes and other essential documents, see: "The Rove/PlameGate Scandal Resource Center."

    Re: Fitzgerald to Decide and Tell Lawyers Monday (none / 0) (#5)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:17 PM EST
    Someone send this woman a flip-flop. In Senator Hutchison's statement on the Senate Trial of President Clinton (February 12, 1999), she said: "Lying is a moral wrong. Perjury is a lie told under oath that is legally wrong. To be illegal, the lie must be willfully told, must be believed to be untrue, and must relate to a material matter" ... "I will not compromise this simple but high moral principle in order to avoid serious consequences to a successor President who may choose to ignore it." She also gave details of her votes and the reasoning behind them: "(i) The President of the United States willfully, and with intent to deceive, gave false and misleading testimony under oath with respect to material matters that were pending before the Federal grand jury on August 17, 1998, as alleged in Article I presented to the Senate. I, therefore, vote 'Guilty' on Article I of the Articles of Impeachment of the President in this Proceeding. "(ii) The President of the United States engaged in a pattern of conduct, performed acts of willful deception, and told and disseminated massive falsehoods, including lies told directly to the American people, that were designed and corruptly calculated to impede, obstruct, and prevent the plaintiff in the Arkansas Federal sexual harassment case from seeking and obtaining justice in the Federal court system of the United States, and to further prevent the Federal grand jury from performing its functions and responsibilities under law, I, therefore, vote 'Guilty' on Article II of the Articles of Impeachment of the President in this proceeding." That was the outcome of the Whitewater Investigation. A land deal, and a bl**job: set that against a $200bn war with well over 2000 dead Coalition forces and tens of thousands of dead Iraqi civilians, and crippling the CIA's ability to collect information about Weapons of Mass Destruction. Where do we need to see serious consequences now?

    Re: Fitzgerald to Decide and Tell Lawyers Monday (none / 0) (#6)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:17 PM EST
    Hypocrisy watch: link [Note. Links must be in html format or they will be deleted. Instructions are in comment box.]

    Re: Fitzgerald to Decide and Tell Lawyers Monday (none / 0) (#7)
    by squeaky on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:17 PM EST
    Shall we follow the rule of law and do our constitutional duty no matter unpleasant, or shall we follow the path of least resistance, close our eyes to the potential lawbreaking, forgive and forget, move on and tear an unfixable hole in our legal system? No man is above the law, and no man is below the law. That's the principle that we all hold very dear in this country.
    Guess who? link via Perjury Comparisons dKosopedia

    Re: Fitzgerald to Decide and Tell Lawyers Monday (none / 0) (#8)
    by squeaky on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:19 PM EST
    OK Time is up. The mystery quote above is from the most law abiding member of Congress, Tom DeLay.