"By October 2004, the factual investigation - other than the testimony of Miller and Cooper and any further investigation that might result from such testimony - was for all practical purposes complete," Fitzgerald said in a motion filed Thursday.
So Cooper and Miller held up the investigation 10 months. That means that had Cooper agreed to testify when this all began we would have been hearing about Rove's role in the Plame affair right before the election. Nice to know our reporters will always go to bat for the sake of Democracy. It would have been nice for the American people to have known about this before they voted to reelect this corrupt Administration. Now 9 months after the election thanks in part to revelations about Rove's role in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame the Bush Administration has reached their lowest approval rating since taking office in 2001.
Consequently this also answers one of the SCLM's favorite questions, "what is taking so long?" Nothing, it's just that two Reporters have held up the investigation for a very long time.