Mr. Fitzgerald Goes To Washington

What explains a man who goes after terrorists and Bushies with equal zeal?The rule of law is only part of the answer

Patrick Fitzgerald, 44, came to Washington not as a politician but as a prosecutor, the archetypical kind. When he announced his first indictment in the byzantine two-year-old CIA- leak investigation on Friday, he spoke for an hour, almost entirely without notes. It was easy to understand why juries like him. He sounded reasonable, and his plain respect for the law wasn't marred by sanctimony. As if making an opening statement at trial, he laid out the facts clearly and carefully--and then gracefully elevated the rhetoric. "When a Vice President's chief of staff is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice," he...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!