This is awesome. Just awesome.
Chicago's own Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. Attorney from the Northern District of Illinois, has been appointed as a special counsel in the investigation related to the leak of CIA covert operative Valerie Plame (the wife of prominent Bush critic Joe Wilson).
The 'outing' of Valerie Plame to punish Wilson, which put her life and potentially other CIA operatives' lives in danger, is a crass and treasonous political move by someone in the Bush Administration.
That's what Patrick Fitzgerald is authorized to find out.
And as we know in Illinois, that man doesn't care what title someone has. He has indicted former Governor George Ryan. And now, he wants to question President George W. Bush.
And President Bush is thinking about hiring a private criminal defense lawyer!
MAN ALIVE! This is a ton bigger than whether a President had oral sex with a 22-year-old or made some money on a real estate deal. A President who might have known about a treasonous leak of an undercover intelligence officer is hiring a criminal defense lawyer.
This is HUGE!
This is not been part of the mainstream press (at least, what I've seen). I read about it in this Alternet article .
One thing about the article -- John Dean (the author) says that the Fitzgerald team based in Chicago doesn't know their way around Washington and that they haven't made friends with the Washington press corps.
Yeah. . .so they don't follow 'protocol' by avoiding a real investigation of powerful people, or suck up to journalists (like Bob Novak, an otherwise good columnist) who might be covering up for corrupt Administration officials. These guys know what they're doing. They are pursuing the powerful. They did it in Illinois (and continue to do so).
And my prediction: Fitzgerald won't blink before charging the President, the Vice-President, or any higher-up in the Administration or the establishment press with any crime if he finds they've done something wrong. And the D.C. Establishment has no idea what's coming.
I love it. Now, how about some press! Where are you John Kass (author of fantastic columns on Fitzgerald's independence and an unabashed Bush fan)? Ready to cheer on Fitzgerald's latest independent investigation?