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The Non-Statement Statement

How do you mess with someone’s mind as a prosecutor? You spend months investigating the highest levels of the government, up to and including the President and Vice President. Keeping your mouth shut. Keeping your staff from leaking. Maintaining the highest levels of integrity in how you conduct yourself.

And then…at a time when the tension is the tightest, when the nerves of everyone involved are frayed to the point of breaking…you tighten the screws.

Today’s Washington Post just added a late article, no real news — other than the fact that the spokesperson for the tightest running ship in the District just made a non-statement statement.

“If and when there would be any announcement, it would be made in Washington,” said Randall Samborn, Fitzgerald’s spokesman.

How’s that for saying everything by saying absolutely nothing? The spokesperson has been as tight-lipped as everyone else in Fitz’s camp. Suddenly they are making a statement about possibly making a statement? What does that mean? Should people be worried?

It is unusual for Fitzgerald’s office to offer comment on any aspect of the case and Monday’s statement led some observers to wonder if it might be a signal that a decision was imminent or that Fitzgerald was trying to increase pressure on potential targets to cut a deal.

Gee, ya think? I don’t know about you, but I think the screws have just been tightened.

UPDATE: And just for fun, Colin Powell is on Larry King this evening. 😉

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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