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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

No Sacred Cows With Fitzgerald

Are all the rumors of indictments for Cheney and Rove, and dare we say Bush as well, pure speculation and media hysteria; or could Fitzgerald really be aiming for the top? If his past record is any reliable indication, he is indeed setting his sights high:

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has prosecuted mobsters, terrorists and even journalists. He has investigated and charged state and city officials in this notoriously crooked state with pit bull tenacity. And always, he has methodically, inexorably pursued his investigations to target the man at the top of the organizational pyramid.

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His investigation is continuing and senior White House staffers, including top presidential adviser Karl Rove, have been implicated in the leak, which may have contravened federal law that prohibits the identification of a CIA agent. People who have watched Mr. Fitzgerald operate in Chicago, and before that as assistant U.S. Attorney in New York City, are not surprised by his zeal in pursuing the journalists. But don't expect him to stop there. That's how he operates: Apply maximum pressure to reluctant witnesses in order to build an air-tight case against the most senior member of a criminal conspiracy.

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"You get the sense that there are absolutely no sacred cows with him. He aims straight for the top."

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