Clemons: Other Shoe Drops Tomorrow

It's past 5pm on the East Coast. The courthouse is closed. Steve Clemons of the Washington Note, however, has this update:

An uber-insider source has just reported the following to TWN:

1. 1-5 indictments are being issued. The source feels that it will be towards the higher end.
2. The targets of indictment have already received their letters.
3. The indictments will be sealed indictments and "filed" tomorrow.
4. A press conference is being scheduled for Thursday.

Tonight should see some of the finest spinning yet from those under Fitzgerald's gun.

Update: Political Wire reports White House officials are turning on each other.

And Clemons reports a rumor that Cheney will resign, Bush will appoint McCain, Harriet will withdraw and Bush will nominate an uber-righter in her place to cause an uproar and distract attention from Cheney's resignation and the impending Indictments.

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  • Re: Clemons: Other Shoe Drops Tomorrow (none / 0) (#1)
    by Kitt on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:23 PM EST
    The indictments will be sealed indictments What exactly does that mean? Will the media & more importantly, we, be privy to the information? This is my off-week rotation. I'm ready. Bring-It-On!!

    Re: Clemons: Other Shoe Drops Tomorrow (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:23 PM EST
    We'll still be in the dark for a while, I think, if the indictments are sealed -- but it could mean even more bad news for the regime. David Corn was speculating about this scenario last week.
    "Two words we should think about: sealed indictments." That was said to me by a trustworthy Washington reporter who has been covering the Plame/CIA leak case. He wasn't making a prediction; he was raising a possibility. It could be that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald might choose to file sealed indictments before the grand jury expires at the end of next week. That would mean that the names of the indicted would be unknown to the public--unless the information leaked. Why would Fitzgerald do this? Perhaps he has not finished investigating. It could be that recent developments--Judy Miller's testimony, Karl Rove's return to the grand jury, the Daily News story that indicates Rove and George W. Bush discussed the leak (and Rove's involvement in the matter) two years ago--have provided him additional leads to chase down. (The Daily News story--see the items below--does raise important questions.) In such a case, Fitzgerald might want to bank several indictments, impanel a new grand jury, and keep digging. This is--needless to say--speculation. But anyone waiting anxiously for indictments should keep this scenario in mind.

    Re: Clemons: Other Shoe Drops Tomorrow (none / 0) (#3)
    by squeaky on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:23 PM EST
    sgo's comment at TWN: Regarding sealed indictments From link
    The indictment lists the crimes the defendant allegedly committed and describes the facts the government believes support those allegations. It is a roadmap to what the prosecution intends to prove at trial. Grand jury indictments are returned to the district court usually to a magistrate judge in a sealed court hearing. Indictments generally are unsealed after a defendant is arrested. They can be kept sealed however.