Republicans poised to slime Fitzgerald
Joe Conason writes about the impending fratricide of Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor investigating the White House exposure of C.I.A. operative Valerie Plame:
Circled in a bristling perimeter around the White House, the friends and allies of Mr. Rove can soon be expected to fire their rhetorical mortars at Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor investigating the White House exposure of C.I.A. operative Valerie Wilson. Indeed, the preparations for that assault began months ago in the editorial columns of The Wall Street Journal, which has tarred Mr. Fitzgerald as a “loose cannon” and an “unguided missile.”
Evidently Senator Pat Roberts, the Kansas Republican who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, will lead the next foray against the special prosecutor. This week the Senator’s press office announced his plan to hold hearings on the Fitzgerald probe. That means interfering with an “ongoing investigation,” as the White House press secretary might say, but such considerations won’t deter the highly partisan Kansan.
Fitzgerald is a Republican stalwart who was appointed by a Republican Justice Department at the behest of a Republican President. Of course, none of that will matter if the Republicans don't like the outcome of Fitzgerald's investigation. The groundwork is already being laid to savage him as a partisan abuser of power.