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February 14, 2007

Day Thirteen of the Libby Trial: Pretty Feeble Defense

In the midst of deep snow, the jury heard the last journalist, Jill Abramson, managing editor for the NYT, and John Hannah, who works in the OVP as the VP's NSA.  Since we learned today that neither Libby nor Cheney will be testifying, it fell to Hannah to present the case that Libby was very important and had a lot of important issues he was working on at all times.  It was also his job to introduce the notion that Libby was forgetful. 

That last one backfired.  A jurist asked about why a person who was so forgetful was in such an important job.  Good question.

The next key moment, which Jane called a Perry Mason moment, came when Fitzgerald cross examined Hannah.  Here's Jane:

On cross examination, Fitzgerald then inquired of Hannah if part of Libby's job was to push back if the integrity of the OVP was attacked, and Hannah said yes.  Fitz then wanted to know if, during that very critical week, Hannah wanted to go out for coffee with Scooter for a couple of hours and shoot the breeze would Scooter even have time to say yes?  Hannah started to squirm, knowing that this is exactly what happened between Judy Miller and Scooter at the St. Regis.  So a very uncomfortable Hannah replied, well, if it were really important, he's sure Scooter would do it.  Fitzgerald then wants to know if it's fair to conclude that if Scooter DID agree to go, it would be over something that was very important to him.

We are nearing the end of the trial.  Tomorrow the defense will rest.  The defense is hoping to recall Tim Russert so they can try to impugn his testimony.  Other than that, with no testimony from either Scooter Libby himself or the Vice President, there is little left for the defense to do. 

Jane, Marcy and Jeralyn on the Daily Videotape

MW - Jill Abramson

MW - John Hannah, 1

MW - John Hannah, 2

Posted by Lynn Allen on February 14, 2007 at 12:08 AM in Media, National and International Politics | Permalink


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