Scooter Libby, chief of staff for Vice President Cheney, was indicted today by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, and resigned. Karl Rove escaped indictment for the time being. News conference on the indictment is expected to begin at 2:15.
Already Baristaville congressman Bill Pascrell has issued a statement condemning the Bush administration:
PASCRELL QUESTIONS CREDIBILITY OF THE WHITE HOUSE AFTER SHAMEFUL INDICTMENT
WASHINGTON-U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8) expressed concern after learning that Vice President Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, threatened national security, obstructed justice, and perjured himself to a federal grand jury, in order to stifle opposition to the case President Bush made for going to war in Iraq.
“Five years ago, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney pledged to ‘restore honor and dignity to the White House,'” stated Pascrell, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. “It is clear today that this insincere pledge has been utterly decimated. Exposing national security information to reap political revenge, and then obstructing a federal investigation, is not ‘honorable or dignified’ — it is corrupt, shameful, immoral and a reason for national concern. With three years to go, this Administration has officially lost any remaining credibility.”
“At the heart of this issue is an Administration that will stop at nothing to hide the truth from the American people. The indictment reveals that a top official in the United States government placed politics over national security. The President invaded Iraq under false pretenses; today we have learned that Mr. Libby perjured himself to defend those false pretenses that enabled the President to invade Iraq. This isn’t a Republican or Democrat issue, this Administration has dishonored all Americans.”
“President Bush is struggling with the economy at home and with war overseas. Now he will begin struggling to relieve himself of the burden he created within his own ranks.
AP coverage here.