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Friday, October 28, 2005



I. Lewis Libby, Jr., Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff and a key architect behind the Iraq war, was indicted this morning on five felony counts: one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury and two counts of making false statements to a grand jury. Libby’s felonies stems from a lie regarding his role in the outing of Valerie Plame, a CIA working on weapons of mass destruction. The outing of Plame cost the United States valuable time, manpower and possibly lives. In a time of war, one can argue that the outing of Plame constitutes treason.

Libby immediately resigned his post and left the White House. He faces up to 30 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines.

Shady Karl Rove is expected to be spared indictment for the time being, however, Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald is expected to continue his investigation of Rove beyond today.

What Next?

Sen. Harry Reid smartly tied together the fraudulent sale of the Iraq war with Libby’s indictment. The Democrats need to point out that Libby’s felonies were just part of a larger effort to discredit all opposition. Libby helped perpetrate the greater crime of forcing an illegal war upon the United States. Libby’s hands are covered in blood from dead U.S. soldiers.

Libby's indictment is the first time that the Republican Party had to pay for the crimes of the Bush administration. Expect more indictments. This scandal could very well end in Bush and Cheney's impeachment. Using the GOP's own words from the Clinton impeachment, the Democrats need to seize this moment to taint the GOP so much that we can retake the Senate next year.

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