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Saturday, October 29, 2005


Libby, continued...

I know I'm probably really missing something and that y'all are just laughing at my inability to comprehend English, but I am still confused over some of the particulars of this indictment.

Here's an example (indictment in italic, my comments/questions in bold):

... defendant LIBBY made the following materially false and intentionally misleading statements and representations, in substance, under oath:
a. When LIBBY spoke with Tim Russert of NBC News, on or about July 10, 2003:
i. Russert asked LIBBY if LIBBY knew that Wilson’s wife worked for the CIA, and told LIBBY that all the reporters knew it; and
ii. At the time of this conversation, LIBBY was surprised to hear that Wilson’s wife worked for the CIA;

Did Libby tell the grand jury he was surprised, or did he tell the grand jury that he told Russert he was surprised?


33. It was further part of the corrupt endeavor that at the time defendant LIBBY made each of the above-described materially false and intentionally misleading statements and representations to the grand jury, LIBBY was aware that they were false, in that:
a. When LIBBY spoke with Tim Russert of NBC News on or about July 10, 2003:
i. Russert did not ask LIBBY if LIBBY knew that Wilson’s wife worked for the CIA, nor did he tell LIBBY that all the reporters knew it; and

This seems like nothing more than "Russert says this, Libby says this"... and Fitzgerald is taking the word of Russert over Libby... why? and smart?
ii. At the time of this conversation, LIBBY was well aware that Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA; in fact, LIBBY had participated in multiple prior conversations concerning this topic, including on the following occasions...
There's no dispute that Libby was aware where Wilson's wife worked when he talked with Russert, but if Libby was testifying as to what he told Russert, how does Libby lying to Russert about not knowing it become a crime? As far as I know, it's not yet a crime to lie to a reporter.

The same pattern repeats itself through the indictment: Libby testifies as to what he was told by reporters and what he told him and is charged for lying for saying to the reporters that he didn't know about Plame when in fact he did. I don't see anywhere where Libby is quoted as testifying to the grand jury that he didn't know about Plame while he was having these conversations with the reporters.

Anyone care to give me an English lesson?