Thursday, October 27, 2005

"A Whitman Sampler"

Guess it'll be Friday before we hear about indictments in the CIA leak investigation (WaPo, NYT). I'm not sure what Fitzgerald did today but it looks like he's really wrapping it up; it's doubtful he will ask for an extension at this point. "Wimblehack" runner-up Howard Fineman was on Chris Matthew's show tonight, just a-guessin' away about the outcome (WMP format). Veteran WaPo reporter Walter Pincus was on too, but he was a lot more measured and reticent to engage in wild speculation. By far the funniest line came from Matthews himself. Think Progress provides us with some of his exchange with Time magazine's Mike Allen:
MIKE ALLEN: A lot of activity happening that we’re not seeing. A likely scenario for what happened today, Patrick Fitzgerald got some indictments from this grand jury.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: You think they’re sealed right now?
MIKE ALLEN: Very possible. What I’m told is typically, in a case like this, he could get the indictments and now he can go to the targets and say, you can plead to these or I’ll go back Friday and get more. You have 12 to 24 hours to think about it.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: And he can give them a little Whitman Sampler of suggestions pleading to the charge of obstruction or perjury or…
MIKE ALLEN: I can add a bunch of counts. You can take a couple of counts or we can do a bunch more.

Mmmm...sampler :)

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