Friday, October 21, 2005

History Lesson

From the New York Times:

As he weighs whether to bring criminal charges in the C.I.A. leak case, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special counsel, is focusing on whether Karl Rove, the senior White House adviser, and I. Lewis Libby Jr., chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, sought to conceal their actions and mislead prosecutors, lawyers involved in the case said Thursday.

Among the charges that Mr. Fitzgerald is considering are perjury, obstruction of justice and false statement – counts that suggest the prosecutor may believe the evidence presented in a 22-month grand jury inquiry shows that the two White House aides sought to cover up their actions, the lawyers said.

Mr. Rove and Mr. Libby have been advised that they may be in serious legal jeopardy, the lawyers said, but only this week has Mr. Fitzgerald begun to narrow the possible charges. The prosecutor has said he will not make up his mind about any charges until next week, government officials say.

Did these people learn nothing from Watergate, Monica, Iran-Contra, and every other scandal you can think of in recent memory? The cover-up is always worse than the crime. Either these people are completely dense about history or they think they’re above it all.

Well, if they forget or ignore their history lesson, they’ll at least learn one in geography: they’re about to find out what creek they’re up.