Gee, it would have been nice if the results of Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation had been known before the election, but Judy and Matt have egos to feed.
In two motions filed in a Washington appellate court, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said the only thing stalling the probe’s conclusion is the refusal to testify by New York Times reporter Judith Miller and Time’s Matt Cooper.
“By October 2004, the factual investigation – other than the testimony of Miller and Cooper and any further investigation that might result from such testimony – was for all practical purposes complete,” Fitzgerald said in a motion filed Thursday.
The filing indicates that Fitzgerald is done with all materials he subpoenaed from the White House, all interviews with Bush administration officials, and even with columnist Robert Novak, who first published CIA operative Valerie Plame’s name in July 2003, lawyers familiar with the case said.
The filing, however, does not tip Fitzgerald’s hand on whether he has determined if a Bush administration official or anyone else involved in the case has violated the law.
“Either he’s got a lot of information and wants to conclude, or he’s got nothing and needs this testimony,” said Gregg Leslie, the legal defense director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
Fitzgerald must have some indictments in his back pocket. Otherwise why wait until after the election? If he had no case to make he would have let it be known in October. But if he were to indict “two senior administration officials” in the month before the election his prosecution would have been labelled “political” by every winger in wingerdom, and the press would have latched onto the spin like there was no tomorrow.
Indictments are coming soon, count on it.