I'm still doing a read-through of the re-released opinion on the Libby case wherein a large chunk of the previously redacted pages are now revealed. I promise to do a whole post on it soon, but I want to digest everything and put it into some context before diving into the finer details, and that is just going to take me a little more time than I have had the last couple of days. So apologies to everyone, but I'm working on it.
That said, it's an interesting read, and I'm trying to piece together the narrative between what we've known, what we thought we knew, some wild-ass speculation and whatever facts may now be included in the released information. It's been a wild ride through the Traitorgate case this week, but one thing is becoming more and more clear: Scooter Libby is a big, fat liar.
And he's not very good at it, either.
David Johnston of the NYTimes has some insights this morning on the opinion, including this little tidbit:
Not all of the previously withheld material was released. Several pages, which apparently contained information about Mr. Fitzgerald's investigation of Karl Rove, the senior White House adviser, remained under seal. Mr. Rove has not been charged, but remains under investigation although his lawyer has expressed confidence that Mr. Rove will be cleared.Oh, hello, Mr. Luskin. Nice of you to surface again for a non-quote. Isn't it amusing that the still-redacted portions deal with Karl?
Carol Leonnig of the WaPo, in an article titled "More Allegations of Libby's Lies Revealed: Judge's Report Shows Cheney Aide Is Accused Of Broad Deception" (good one!), details this:
The court records show that Libby denied to a grand jury that he ever mentioned Plame or her CIA job to then-White House press secretary Ari Fleischer or then-New York Times reporter Judith Miller in separate conversations he had with each of them in early July 2003. The records also suggest that Libby did not disclose to investigators that he first spoke to Miller about Plame in June 2003, and that prosecutors learned of the nature of the conversation only when Miller finally testified late in the fall of 2005.Scooter has been a very bad boy -- and Judy was helping him for over a year with her faux-martyred silence. The issue of whether a reporter ought to protect a source who has used her to commit a crime still looms large and has yet to be answered by the journalistic community, in my book. And with this Administration and its constant machinations, it's a question that is sorely in need of some answers.
Richard Schmitt in the Baltimore Sun calls the current Libby defense strategy for what it is: "I'm too important to be required to follow the laws. Laws are for little people." Oh yeah, that's gonna play well with a jury of his peers, isn't it?
Guess Scooter decided to take a page from the Bushie playbook: when in doubt, declare yourself above the law.
(Picture from The Princess Bride. If you have not yet seen this movie, get thee to the video rental place. One of the funniest movies in the history of moviedom.)