Lawrence O’Donnell is not letting go of his Rove-pursuit, and that’s fine because he brings up issue of those damn eight pages and tries to shed light on their inky black darkness. O’Donnell thinks it’s those pages that explain why the courts and the prosecutor want to try this case so damn badly. (It seems so obvious when you write it out like that, but, you know, it hasn’t really been written out like that.) Per O’Donnell:
[Circuit] Judge [David] Tatel’s opinion has eight blank pages in the middle of it where he discusses the secret information the prosecutor has supplied only to the judges to convince them that the testimony he is demanding is worth sending reporters to jail to get. The gravity of the suspected crime is presumably very well developed in those redacted pages.
…In his final paragraph, he says he “might have” let Cooper and Miller off the hook “[w]ere the leak at issue in this case less harmful to national security.”
Tatel’s colleagues are at least as impressed with the prosecutor’s secret filings as he is. One simply said “Special Counsel’s showing decides the case.”
All the judges who have seen the prosecutor’s secret evidence firmly believe he is pursuing a very serious crime, and they have done everything they can to help him get an indictment.
Okay. So, know the secret of the eight pages and know the key to the silence of Novak, the zeal of Fitzgerald and the general reluctance of the press to touch this story with a ten-foot pole. What is this, The Da Vinci Code? Now that we all know enough to know that there’s way too much we don’t know, it’s time to let us in on the secret. We can take it. After two years, maybe it’s time for a little truth.
Which brings us back to Rove. If those eight pages contain the evidence of his wrongdoing that O’Donnell is banking on, it will come out sooner or later. It has to.