Mortituri Te Salutamus
• Reuters reports a Fitzgerald sighting today:
Fitzgerald spent the day in Washington with his deputies as he prepared to wrap up the two-year investigation.
The prosecutor, who has joked about not looking good in photos, took a short break to walk to nearby Antons barber shop, where he got a shoe shine.
"He was very friendly and he looked happy. He was very relaxed," one of the owners of the shop said, adding: "The shoe shine guy doesn’t ask questions. Customers have a right to privacy."
Boy, we hope he didn’t take our rumpled suit comments to heart. Ken Starr was always quite polished and he was a dick.
•Jonathan Chiat has an interesting rebuttal to Kay Bailey Bitcheson and others who are pooh-poohing perjury:
It’s certainly true that not even Karl Rove deserves to go to prison for accidental or inconsequential misstatements. But, if Rove didn’t do anything illegal in the first place, then why would he obstruct justice or perjure himself in some substantive way? Clinton’s motive for lying was perfectly clear: He wanted to avoid the personal and political embarrassment of confessing his perfectly legal affair with Monica Lewinsky. Indeed, a whole strand of Starr’s investigation was set up in order to trap Clinton into lying under oath about his sex life. What motive would Bush’s men have to lie except to thwart the prosecution?
• Jeralyn (who called the whole Scooter/WHIG thing from the get-go) places her bets.
•Digby offers advice to professional bloviators:
This is why we shove their previous mantras about perjury and obstruction and "rule of law" in their faces. This is why we repeat the words that Bush used in the 2000 campaign about "not only doing what is legal but what is right." This is why we always, always, bring this back to the fact that 2000 Americans are dead and tens of thousands are disabled because of a war that the administration lied about — lies that Karl Rove and Scooter Libby tried to cover up.
•NY Daily News: "While White House staffers were tense, Fitzgerald’s team relaxed from their stoic, all-business demeanor. The cheery prosecutors shared an elevator ride with a News reporter and cracked up over a private joke." Roger: "Must be the one that starts, "Libby, Rove and Dick Cheney go into a cell…."
•And IBD is reporting that an announcement of indictments tomorrow could trigger a sell-off of the dollar, Treasurys and stocks. For all the robber barons who put these crooks in office — don’t say we didn’t warn you. Everything they touch turns to shit.