Via Dan Froomkin ( who we all read daily, right?) we learn that Karl Rove is not the only Bush assministration official in Fitzgerald’s sights.
Rove is not the only potential subject for Fitzgerald’s probe, which already has resulted in the jailing of New York Times reporter Judith Miller for refusing to reveal her sources and Time magazine being forced to turn over notes about confidential sources, including Rove, to a grand jury.
People familiar with the inquiry say Fitzgerald also is reviewing testimony by former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, though it is not clear whether the prosecutor is focusing on him or seeking information about higher-ups. Fleischer last night refused to comment.
Other Bush aides who have testified to the grand jury or been questioned by prosecutors include McClellan; Rove; former Deputy Press Secretary Adam Levine; Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff; and Dan Bartlett, a Bush communications adviser.
Bush himself was questioned by Fitzgerald in the Oval Office on June 24, 2004.
And don’t believe for a second the GOP talking point that no crimes were committed.
Randall Eliason, the former chief of the public corruption section of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington, said the fact that Fitzgerald pursued Cooper and Miller so aggressively suggests that he has a legal target in sight. It is rare for a federal prosecutor to seek jail for a reporter who refuses to reveal sources, he said.
“You wouldn’t expect him to go to these lengths unless he thought he had something serious to look at,” Eliason said. “You don’t compel reporters to testify or jail reporters unless you have a pretty good reason. This is not something you do lightly.”