Monday, October 31, 2005

Fitzgerald Champ Or Chump

Is Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald playing games with the Bush Administration or with the American people? His indictment of I. Lewis Libby on Friday gives us no clue. What will come next? If there are no more indictments, or Libby is allowed to plea bargain we can pretty much say that the fix is in and Libby was chosen as the sacrificial lamb. Mr. Fitzgerald has said he will not be issuing a report, but that is only partially true.

Under the old Special Prosecutor’s Law a formal report was required to be sent to Congress for each investigation. But both democrats and republicans had had enough of that and they allowed the law to expire in 1999. A provision for a Special Counsel was set up in Title 28 Section 600 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) when the law expired and a requirement for a report to Congress was included. However this mistake was soon realized and the code was amended in 2000. Now any Special Counsel is required by law (1) to issue a confidential report to the Attorney General. “At the conclusion of the Special Counsel's work, he or she shall provide the Attorney General with a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel. “ I think it is safe to say that is problematical whether Alberto Gonzales will release it to the public.

(1) Title 28 Section 600 CFR
Gonzales Champ or Chump

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