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October 18, 2005

Indictment? What indictment?

A historical note, amid the speculation on whether resignations will be forthcoming if presidential advisor Karl Rove and/or vice presidential chief of staff Lewis Libby are indicted in the CIA leak case.

Various news outlets report there is a "general expectation" that resignations would follow charges by Special Prosecutor Peter Fitzgerald's grand jury, the report of which is expected anytime now.

The guy who set precedent in this area was no less than Aaron Burr, who while vice president was indicted for murder after he killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804. Both New York and New Jersey issued indictments, and Burr fled south. He did show up in Washington when Congress re-convened, and presided over the Senate as usual.

He finished his term in office, and his life, without returning to New York or New Jersey.

Posted by jcb at October 18, 2005 02:13 PM


So you're saying that at least rove and libby would have to stay out of washington? that would be a bonus.

Posted by: Anonymous at October 20, 2005 01:43 PM