Larry Johnson wrote me:

Had lunch today with a person who has a direct tie to one of the folks facing indictment in the Plame affair. There are 22 files that Fitzgerald is looking at. These include Stephen Hadley, Karl Rove, Lewis Libby, Dick Cheney, and Mary Matalin (there are others of course). Hadley has told friends he expects to be indicted. No wonder folks are nervous at the White House.

after asking whether Larry meant 22 counts against an unknown number of people, Larry told me:

My understanding is that Fitzgerald has identified 22 people who could be indicted. They all could be indicted and none could be indicted. My friend told me that Hadley fully expects he will be indicted.

If Larry is right, this will be the biggest political event since Nixon resigned.

Update [2005-10-18 17:8:30 by BooMan]: US News & World Report

Sparked by today’s Washington Post story that suggests Vice President Cheney’s office is involved in the Plame-CIA spy link investigation, government officials and advisers passed around rumors that the vice president might step aside and that President Bush would elevate Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

“It’s certainly an interesting but I still think highly doubtful scenario,” said a Bush insider. “And if that should happen,” added the official, “there will undoubtedly be those who believe the whole thing was orchestrated – another brilliant Machiavellian move by the VP.”

Said another Bush associate of the rumor, “Yes. This is not good.”

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