Adding two and two

What did Fitzgerald have to say to Rove’s lawyer that required a face-to-face meeting yesterday?

The LAT (followed by the NYT and the WP) reports that, on Monday, Patrick Fitzgerald had the FBI asking questions of Karl Rove’s co-workers and Valerie Plame’s neighbors.

Roll Call (according to Josh Marshall) reports that, on Tuesday, Fitzgerald himself visited Robert Luskin, Rove’s lawyer, at Luskin’s office.

There are three things I can imagine that Fitzgerald could have had to say to Luskin. Only one of them calls for a visit rather than a phone call.

1. I’ve got bad news for you. We’re indicting you guy.

2. We’re not indicting your guy. Congratulations. Good game.

3. OK, we’ve shot down your last two defenses. Does your guy want to plead, and whom else can he give us?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com