He deeply regrets. The veep, Dick Cheney, has just issued a four-paragraph statement on Lewis "Scooter" Libby's resignation. Cheney reminds us: "An accused person is presumed innocent until a contrary finding" comes from a jury.
Cheney says Libby is resigning to fight the charges against him. He's also resigning to get the scandal out of the White House and keep it from growing. Patrick Fitzgerald's news release, and the indictment handed up by the grand jury, contains enough explosive power to keep official D.C. roaring for weeks.
Fitzgerald is supposed to take questions from reporters. This could be a long and very noisy news conference; there are dozens of unanswered questions:
•What's the dilly with Karl Rove?
•Who's "Official A" in the court documents? He or she is a "senior official at the White House" and is mentioned on Page 8 of the indictment. "Official A" is the preseumed source of in a 2003 column by Robert Novak, the reporter better known as Novakula, Prince of the Undead.
•Will Fitzgerald make use of an existing, sitting grand jury to extend his investigation? Or will he ask for a special grand jury? The sitting panel's mandate ends today, and because it was already working on a six-month extension, its work cannot be extended any further.
•Will Fitzgerald issue a report to Congress?
•Will Fitzgerald use Libby to roll on his bosses, the veep and the prez?
•Why no charge of conspiracy, despite the multiple acts outlined in the indictment that smack of conspiracy.
Stay tuned. We will.