Libby Indicted

[This is adapted from this morning's PEEK coverage of the indictments. Stay tuned as the story develops.]

The Associated Press is reporting that Libby has resigned after being indicted -- "charged with perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements" -- but that Karl Rove remains under investigation. John Aravosis says this is not a disappointing turn of events, calling Libby "Cheney's Rove" and commenting that "Just because four years ago you didn't hate (or know) Scooter doesn't lessen the impact..."

The Smoking Gun has posted the whole indictment so you can read for yourself what Libby's accused of.

Patrick Fitzgerald is holding a press conference at 2pm EST, and Joe Wilson's attorney will be commenting at 3pm EST.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's brief comments are at the DCCC blog:
The criminal indictments of a top White House official mark a sad day for America and another chapter in the Republicans' culture of corruption. At the heart of these indictments was the effort by the Bush Administration to discredit critics of its Iraq policy with reckless disregard for national security and the public trust.
And Senate Minority leader Harry Reid issued a statement that says, in part:
"These are very serious charges. They suggest that a senior White House aide put politics ahead of our national security and the rule of law.
"This case is bigger than the leak of highly classified information.  It is about how the Bush White House manufactured and manipulated intelligence in order to bolster its case for the war in Iraq and to discredit anyone who dared to challenge the president.
"It's now time for President Bush to lead and answer the very serious questions raised by this investigation. The American people have already paid too steep a price as a result of misconduct at the White House, and they deserve better."
We will be posting more coverage as the story develops today and over the weekend. In the meantime, True Majority has posted a letter you can send to your Congressional representatives calling for a full investigation into the Iraq conspiracy.

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