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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

And rumors on the Plame front.

Just rumors, but if true, can you imagine? Twenty-Two.

The D.C. rumor mill is thrumming with whispers that 22 indictments are about to be handed down on the outed-CIA agent Valerie Plame case. The last time the wires buzzed this loud — that Tom DeLay would be indicted and would step down from his leadership post in the House — the scuttlebutters got it right.

Can it be a coincidence that the White House appears to be distancing President Bush from embattled aide Karl Rove? “He’s been missing in action at more than one major presidential event,” a member of the White House press corps tells us.

If the word on the street is right a second time, we have a bit of advice for Rove: Go with vertical stripes, they’re way more slimming.

I know nothing about this source, but it's just so mind numbing I feel obliged to gossip it on.

Of course, it could just be another case of the Bush setting the bar low so they can claim that there were "only six indictments" so they can frame it as a success.

UPDATE: Interesting inclusion in this morning's Reuters piece on "the investigation."

Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, declined to say whether his client had been contacted by Fitzgerald. In the past, Luskin has said that Rove was assured that he was not a target.

Libby's lawyer was not immediately available to comment.

"It's an ongoing investigation and we're fully cooperating," said Cheney spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride.


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