Focus of Plame Investigation Shifts Unexpectedly

From Holden:

It’s become part of my morning ritual. Every morning when I log in I google Plame hoping to hit the jackpot. The jackpot would be to read a headline that said, “Rove, Libby Indicted in Plame Case; Rice, Cheney and Gonzales Indicted for Conspiracy”.

Usually I get nothing new. On rare days I find a little something that pushes this glacial investigation a few inches down the road.

Take today’s tidbit as a furinstance. Time Magazine’s Matt Cooper lost his bid to quash the latest subpeona he received from prosecutor Pat Fitzgerald. That’s good, but the juicy bit is in the last paragraph.

A federal judge yesterday refused to quash a subpoena seeking the testimony of Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper and ordered him to answer questions before a grand jury investigating whether Bush administration officials illegally leaked the identity of a CIA operative to the news media.

Cooper’s lawyers argued that the Washington-based reporter had already in August answered limited questions about his contact with one Bush administration official when interviewed by special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald.


Cooper’s lawyers said Fitzgerald’s demand for a second chance to question Cooper was “unreasonable and oppressive.” But U.S. District Chief Judge Thomas F. Hogan said the focus of Fitzgerald’s investigation has shifted unexpectedly since that interview and he rightly seeks to ask other questions.

I haven’t a clue what the judge is hinting at here, but when a case that has barely been moving nearly a year and a half after the original commission of the crime is described as shifting unexpectedly – I take that as a positive sign.