Jan 29 2007
Fitz is having an abysmal time trying to paint a picture of the Office of VP (OVP) and WH (President) on some mission of retribution against Wilson through Plame. Recall, these witnesses on now are the PROSECUTION’s witnesses. So when they get up and say ‘we worked on this matter heavily and had strategies laid out on what to do and – no – never a mention of getting Plame into the media’ you know Fitz is failing miserably. I really enjoy reading the leftwing Firedog Lake because, even as supposed legal experts of some kind, they keep missing the underlying premise of the indictment. If Libby was not part of some nefarious effort to punish Plame, he has no reason to hide his conversations. The fact Plame worked at the CIA is not enough since the indictment doesn’t claim that was the reason. So, while the lefties keep dreaming of Fitzmas treats dancing through their heads, the case for the prosecution lies in shreds.
Wells [W]: I’d like to develop a demonstrative timeline Sunday July 6 until after publication of Novak article.
W: July 6, Joe’s article., July 7, you developed talking pointsâ€“
M I didnt develop them for him, I had them and I just sent them to him.
W Sometime on July 7 WH admitted use of 16 words was a mistake
W: July 8, you meet with VP Cheney and others staffers at VP’s office on Hill. At that time Cheney personally dictates the talking points that he wants you to deliver wrt Wilson allegations. And also Andrea Mitchell goes on TV and reports that certain people at WH are saying CIA is at fault. If we go to Wednesday July 9 that is the day Matthews continues to severely criticize VP.
M He was reporting about this. I don’t recall that specifically.
W Now, if we go to July 10, you work on draft of Tenet statement, work late into the night. Do you recall what you were doing during the day?
M Following the story.
W July 11, you drafted talking points that would be used by Condi on Sunday shows.
M I assisted the press office to prepare Rice for her appearance on the Sunday shows.
…. (etc, etc)
W You recall that Novak’s article came out in press on Monday July 14. [Places that article up]
W Do you recall reading Mr. Novak’s article when it came out?
W On July 15 you recall drafting a set of talking points to respond to Chris Matthews.
M I recall that I did it, I don’t recall the date. [Wells gives them to her] Yes, these are the talking points, we already thought the claims he was making had been disproved or rebutted and he wasn’t making any rebuttal.
W You’ve testified that you worked on four sets of talking points.
M Four sets, yeah.
Wells is going through to point out that none of the talking points includes a mention of Plame.
Wells is introducing all the talking points. July 7, July 8, July 12, July 14. [these are just the typed ones]
W to the respect that jurors want to understand in real time, those documents set forth what the talking points were. All those talking points respond to Joseph Wilson’s claims and none of those mention Valerie Wilson. Mr Libby reviewed these talking points with you.
W [Goes through Libby's involvement in the July 12 talking points] Mr. Libby saw all of the talking points.
W From the entire period form July 6 through the conservative columnist luncheon, he never raised it with you and you didn’t raise it with him. You’re not aware of any evidence that the fact that Mrs. Wilson worked at the CIA was an important point.
M I’m not aware of any specific evidence that would suggest that.
W I asked you a question last weekâ€“I’m almost finished. See if I can find it. I asked you the following question. When you were on a mission to try to get the whole story out, you did not view “the wife” as part of that story. You answered “no,” I believe you meant “correct.” Let me put the question to you fresh. When you were on a mission to try to get the whole story out WRT VP’s response, you did not view “the wife” as part of that story. Correct?
All through this effort to respond to the press and no mention of Plame as part of that response. None. And was it Libby pushing to contact the media to get the goods on Plame out? Nope.
W It was your rec[ommendation] that Libby talk to Cooper.
M It was my recommendation that we a) decide whether we want to be in the story, and I recommended we should be in it.
W Libby followed your rec. Libby had not talked to Cooper in his life.
Libby has to nagged, cajoled, pressured to talk to Matt Cooper. And this is the prosecution’s witness! Amazing. No strategy to get Plame – just the opposite. No effort by Libby to push the story – just the opposite. If it keeps going like this Fitz is in for a world of hurt. The left is obsessed with BDS – they have all but forgotten the indictment – intent to mislead the investigation. And that intent is supposedly driven by some conspiracy to out Plame as payback to Wilson. So far just the opposite has been established. Here is Fitz crashing in burning on re-direct:
F Is it fair to say that if anyone in OVP did talk to reporters about Wilson’s wife, they didn’t do it based on your talking points.
Objection sustained, I think.
F Did the VP every specifically tell you whether or not the whole truth included Mr Wilson’s wife. Did the VP ever show you copy of op-ed that he marked up personally. Did the VP keep you current on anything they were doing WRT the pressâ€“on everything.
No “I have no independent recollection” or “I am not sure” – an unambiguous ‘no’. Fitz is FUBAR’d. All of this focus is well after the Harball episode and Libby’s discussion with Mathews. But even if Libby did misrecollect, everyone is going to wonder what this was all about when EVERYONE else was talking about Wilson and Plame. And Fitz has established Plame was not part of any broad media vendetta. I will glance over the Ari testimony, but he is tainted goods. He DID talk to the media and got a plea agreement. Libby is going to look like a champ in comparison. At no point did he hesitate to talk or try to get immunity or anything. Jurors know the difference between Libby and Fleischer. Fitz brought him on to add one more voice that Libby had discussions about Plame during this period. BFD, he admits as much. But he was not lawyered up like Ari. Fitz got little but paid a huge image price.