More on Raw Story. It appears that the story is far from over, as Fitzgerald is expected to continue his investigation with a new grand jury. Rove remains in legal limbo for now. Hopefully this signals the beginning of the end of an administration that has proven to be far more of an embarrassment than any I've seen in my lifetime (Nixon and Clinton both come to mind).
Libby is indicted on FIVE counts -- obstruction of justice, on perjury (two counts -- of lying to the grand jury), and making false statements (two counts -- for lying to the FBI). Via CNN. (Docs still not up on Fitz's site.)
Libby is accused of endangering the safety of the nation. But, as DiGenova notes, Fitzgerald has not charged a substantive crime in exposing her identity. Toobin, however, says that Fitz had to make the case to the jury into a manageable size and that he tailored his case to that end.
AP via WaPo: "The five-count indictment accuses Libby of lying about how and when he learned about CIA official Valerie Plane's identity in 2003 and then told reporters about it. The information was classified.
"Any trial would shine a spotlight on the secret deliberations of Bush and his team as they built the case for war against Iraq.
"Bush ordered U.S. troops to war in March 2003, saying Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction program posed a grave and immediate threat to the United States. No such weapons were found. The U.S. military death toll climbed past 2,000 this week."
Updated: Ted Kennedy puts things in perspective:
Today is an ominous day for the country, signifying a new low since Watergate in terms of openness and honesty in our government. This is far more than an indictment of an individual. In effect it’s an indictment of the vicious and devious tactics used by the Administration to justify a war we never should have fought. It’s an indictment of the lengths Administration officials were willing to go to cover up their failed intelligence, their distortion on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and their serious blunders on the war. It is an indictment of their vindictive efforts to discredit anyone who challenge their misrepresentations.Emphasis added.
The American people know the high cost of this misguided war – 2,000 U.S. soldiers dead, more than 15,000 wounded, hundreds of billions of dollars spent with no end in sight, and a continuing shameful effort by the White House to silence those who try to tell the truth about the war. Dissent is the ultimate form of patriotism, and it’s time we return to having an honest discourse in this country about changing direction and paying attention to the needs of the American people.
The President should take this opportunity to do everything he can to heal the country by not interfering with the prosecution of this case or the continuing investigation, and by cleaning house at the White House to immunize the country against any further corruption and dishonesty. As the President promised, anyone still in the White House who had anything to do with this scandalous plot or the cover-up should be dismissed immediately, whether or not they have been indicted. Something has to give — America can’t stand three more years of this failed Bush presidency.