The New York Daily News reports that administration “defenders have launched a not-so-subtle campaign against the prosecutor handling the case.” They’ve got this quote about special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald from a “White House ally”:
He’s a vile, detestable, moralistic person with no heart and no conscience who believes he’s been tapped by God to do very important things
James Comey, the Bush administration official who announced Fitzgerald’s appointment, had a different take on December 30, 2003:
I chose Mr. Fitzgerald, my friend and former colleague, based on his sterling reputation for integrity and impartiality. He is an absolutely apolitical career prosecutor.
The mud is being thrown but it’s going to be hard to make it stick.