No longer complete?

If Fitzgerald’s investigation was essentially complete before he talked to Cooper and Miller, something must have happened since to open it up again.

When Patrick Fitzgerald was fighting over the subpoenas to Cooper and Miller, he said that his investigation was “for all practical purposes, complete.” Yet now he says he’s not quite finished.

That suggests to me that something Cooper said, or something Miller said, or something Rove said, or something someone else said, has opened things up again.

The fact that Libby was indicted today solely on the “technical” charges doesn’t mean that he won’t face “substantive” charges later. If Fitzgerald is putting together a conspiracy indictment under the Espionage Act (or, less plausibly, under IIPA), it would be natural for him not to tip his hand by indicting Libby on those charges now.

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