Friday, January 26, 2007

“Refreshed” memory – The Scooter Libby perjury trial this week featured two prosecution witnesses with *ahem* “evolving” memories of the events around the Wilson-Plame nothingness. Considering that this trial is anchored on Libby’s recollection of events, it’s not making for a strong case. As Tom Maguire notes: “Geez, and these are the prosecution witnesses.”


A Fitzmas Story said...

You call it nothingness, I call it Libby saying under oath that he told Cheney he wouldn't take the fall for Rove... amazingly, all men who swore they had no involvement whatsoever. Remember all those "Libby will never flip" blogposts? Yeah, good times.

One never knows with trials, so maybe we won't end up getting a big shiny pony for Fitzmas. But we're sure to at least get an electric train set!

And after all, the true meaning of Fitzmas is all about bringing unindicted co-conspirators closer together.

And this is just Week One! said...

Scooter Libby's grand jury testimony has already been undercut by several witnesses, with many more to come. Starting with Craig Schmall, the CIA official whose written evidence demonstrates that Libby was already discussing Wilson/Plame with him in the months before Libby claims he was "first informed" about their existence. Schmall's the same CIA man who personally gave Dick Cheney and Libby their daily intelligence briefings for years.

Libby's attorneys are now trying hard to paint his testimony as unreliable, and his notes as false. This reflects VERY well on Cheney's judgement and the White House's case for war. Schmall was good enough to interpret and present overseas data, but shouldn't be trusted on his own personal conversations.

The judge in the case is allowing the jury to submit questions to be asked in the case. One of their first submissions was an attack on one of Libby's lawyers.

And the best is yet to come. Ari Fleischer's in the on-deck circle. I wonder if Cheney's "grrrr!" interview techniques will cover his butt when it's his turn to testify... not on Special Report with Brit Hume, but under oath? Think Pat Fitzgerald will roll over as easy as Tim Russert?

This is what it sounds like, when Roves cry said...

Tee hee, now it looks like Rove will have to testify under oath.

Libby's lawyer: "For all the talk about this being a White House that prides itself on loyalty and discipline, you’re not seeing much of it."

Strap yourselves in, sports fans. Either this turns out badly, or it turns out badly.