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January 29, 2007

Day Four - Lots Going On in LibbyLand

This was an interesting day at the Scooter Libby trial. Cathie Martin made it through another testimony, likely her last, without doing any more damage to the OVP's reputation. Enough done last week, when she laid out the way the Bush administration blatantly used the media as a propaganda arm.

This was Ari Fleischer's day in court, Ari, who so far is the only witness to have been given immunity for his testimony. And he did not disappoint. Here's the money quote, from Jeralyn Merritt of TalkLeft, blogging this week for Firedoglake:

He also was unshakable in his assertion that Scooter Libby told him at lunch on July 7th, the day he left for Africa, that Wilson's wife suggested him for the Africa trip and that she worked in the CIA's counterproliferation division. He said Libby told him this was "hush-hush" and on the QT.

That same day, 3 days before Libby claimed that Tim Russert told him about Plame, Libby told Ari that she worked in the CDP. Fleischer missed the meaning of what the CDP was at the time; it's the Counterproliferation Division, a unit in the agency's clandestine operations directorate. Oops! It was probably when he realized what he'd heard and probably then passed along, he went to Fitzgerald to plead for immunity. This is key testimony - on at least two counts - the earlier date and the information that Libby knew that Plame was undercover.

Then David Addington, the former legal counsel to the VP and then Chief of Staff after Libby left, spoke.

Let's get this all from as close to the source as we can get:

A Wrap-up of the Day on Video by Marcy Wheeler and Jeralyn Merritt

MW - Cathie Martin, 4

MW - Ari Fleischer, 1

MW - Ari Fleischer, 2

MW - Ari Fleischer, 3

MW - David Addington

Jeralyn Merritt (TalkLeft) - Never in His Wildest Dreams

CHS - BINGO - (Libby Gets Busted on Shoddy Treatment of Classified Info)

CHS - Inside the Media Circus


Posted by Lynn Allen on January 29, 2007 at 11:39 PM in Media, National and International Politics | Permalink


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