“has been engaged in a furious effort to convince the prosecutor that Rove did not commit perjury during the course of the investigation, according to people close to the aide. The sources, who indicated that the effort intensified in recent weeks, said Rove still did not know last night whether he would be indicted.”
Hotline says Time Magazine’s Mike Allen “has some of the best sources in Washington.” Here’s what he had to say about the leak scandal tonight on Hardball:
MIKE ALLEN: A lot of activity happening that we’re not seeing. A likely scenario for what happened today, Patrick Fitzgerald got some indictments from this grand jury. He is now able to go to the”¦
CHRIS MATTHEWS: You think they’re sealed right now?
MIKE ALLEN: Very possible. What I’m told is typically, in a case like this, he could get the indictments and now he can go to the targets and say, you can plead to these or I’ll go back Friday and get more. You have 12 to 24 hours to think about it.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: And he can give them a little Whitman Sampler of suggestions pleading to the charge of obstruction or perjury or”¦
MIKE ALLEN: I can add a bunch of counts. You can take a couple of counts or we can do a bunch more.
Later on Olbermann, The Washington Post’s Jim VanDeHei (who also has “some of the best sources in Washington“) assures us the wait is almost over: “I do not think we’ll see any extension of this grand jury. We will know on Friday what’s going to happen here.”
Joe Wilson called into question Bush’s assertion in the 2003 State of the Union that Iraq was seeking nuclear material in Niger. Astoundingly, the right still argues that the administration’s smear campaign against Wilson was justified because Bush’s claim may have been correct. Here’s the latest from the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes:
First, it is far from clear that Bush’s claim has been invalidated by postwar inspections…And the British review of prewar intelligence (known as the Butler report) concluded that the claim was–and remains–solid.
Actually, the Butler report didn’t conclude that. It’s review of prewar intelligence included the claim was unfounded. Here’s the relevant bit (pg. 124):
“Based on through analysis, the IAEA has concluded, with the concurrence of outside experts, that these documents, which formed the basis for the reports of recent uranium transactions between Iraq and Niger, are in fact not authentic. We have therefore concluded that these specific allegations are unfounded.“
Of course, what would you expect from the guy who is still pushing the theory that Saddam Hussein had a collaborative relationship with al-Qaeda. (Note: Copies of Hayes book on the subject are now available for 96 cents)
later this afternoon, according to former UPI reporter Richard Sale.
“White House to fold on Davis-Bacon?” Hotline blog: “Yes.“
From the AP: “The federal grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer’s identity met for three hours Wednesday with Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald and adjourned for the day without announcing any action…There was no word on whether Fitzgerald planned to make any announcement or whether the grand jury planned to meet again.”
George W. Bush, 10/15/01:
Let me say a few words about important values we must demonstrate while all of us serve in government. First, we must always maintain the highest ethical standards. We must always ask ourselves not only what is legal, but what is right. There is no goal of government worth accomplishing if it cannot be accomplished with integrity.
Second, I want us to set an example of humility. As you work for the federal government there is no excuse for arrogance, and there’s never a reason to show disrespect for others. A new tone in Washington must begin with decency and fairness. I want everyone who represents our government to be known for these values.
No annoucements from Fitzgerald expected today, CNN reports.
BILL O’REILLY: All of these people are far left fringe players, but they know their money is going to smear merchants. They know it’s going into character assassins, correct?
JAKOB LASKIN, FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE: It’s actually interesting. That’s exactly what it was meant for. One of the biggest contributors to Media Matters is the Center for American Progress.
O’REILLY: That’s Podesta’s group.
LASKIN: Exactly. They operate out of Washington, DC. Basically it’s a partisan group that — what they do is rapid response to anything that offends them as far as the Republican or conservative agenda is concerned, which is just about everything. And so Media Matters operates in exactly the same way except for where the media is concerned. So it’s perfect.
O’REILLY: It is a very well-oiled, effective character assassination machine. There is nothing that exists on the right that I know of that can compare. Do you know of anything?
LASKIN: No. And one reason is because that right-wing publications have been very effective at getting out their message. They don’t need to smear.
O’REILLY: There was some smearing going on in the Clinton years to be fair.
Maybe Laskin isn’t exactly the right person to be throwing stones. The website he writes for, David Horowitz’s Frontpagemag.com, currently features an article entitled “George Galloway: Fascist Pimp and Prostitute.” Horowitz has also published a guide to the left that featured CAP president John Podesta next to the American Taliban, John Walker Lindh.
Head over to MediaMatters and form your own opinion about Mr. O’Reilly.