As federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald brings his investigation of the Plamegate scandal to a close, indictments look more and more likely:
The special counsel in the C.I.A. leak case has told associates he has no plans to issue a final report about the results of the investigation, heightening the expectation that he intends to bring indictments, lawyers in the case and law enforcement officials said yesterday.
By signaling that he had no plans to issue the grand jury’s findings in such detail, Mr. Fitzgerald appeared to narrow his options either to indictments or closing his investigation with no public disclosure of his findings, a choice that would set off a political firestorm.
With the term of the grand jury expiring Oct. 28, lawyers in the case said they assumed Mr. Fitzgerald was in the final stages of his inquiry.
Rumors are rampant, with some speculating as many as twenty-two indictments on far ranging conspiracy charges, going as high up the White House ranks as Vice President Dick Cheney. My fellow liberal bloggers seem almost giddy with anticipation. This could be history in the making. (Then again, it could just be a lump of coal.)