Wednesday, October 19, 2005

"Sweet Victories" (stealing from Katrina vanden Heuvel)

Two items from the Associated Press made me stop before going to sleep. Usually, on Fridays, Katrina vanden Heuvel notes some good news and titles the entry (at Editor's Cut) "Sweet Victory." I'll swipe her title for this entry.

From John Solomon's "Rove, Libby Discussed CIA Operative" (Associated Press):

Prosecutors have gathered evidence that top White House aides Karl Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby exchanged information about their contacts with reporters regarding Valerie Plame in the days just before the CIA officer's cover was blown.
Rove told grand jurors it was even possible he first learned inside the White House from Libby that Bush administration critic Joe Wilson's wife worked for the CIA, according to people directly familiar with the testimony of
President Bush's closest political adviser.
The disclosure is the first known intersection between two central figures in the criminal investigation into the leak of Plame's identity.
Rove testified that his discussions with Libby before Plame's identity was made public were limited to information reporters had passed them, the people said. Some evidence prosecutors have gathered conflicts with Libby's account of dealings with reporters.

Second item, Suzanne Gamboa's "Texas Court Issues Warrant for DeLay" (Associated Press):

A state court issued an arrest warrant on Wednesday for Rep. Tom DeLay, requiring him to appear in Texas for booking on state conspiracy and money laundering charges.
The court set an initial $10,000 bail as a routine step before the Texas Republican's first court appearance Friday.
DeLay, R-Texas, could be fingerprinted and photographed, although his lawyers had hoped to avoid this step.
Fort Bend County Chief Deputy Craig Brady said arrangements were being made to bring DeLay to the sheriff's office in his home county sometime Thursday for booking and fingerprinting.

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