Feb 13 2007
Ugh, looks like the Libby is going to be a bust for left and right. No Cheney, no Libby, no Mitchell, no Joe Wilson, no Valerie Plame, no Kristof…. Nothing. Libby is going to (wisely) rest his case because his team has more than established sufficient doubt to, at a minimu, hang even a DC jury. With inclimate weather here in DC (aka Global Warming) I expect a delay in the trial tomorrow with the last witnesses on Thursday and closing arguments Friday, possibly into Monday. – Make that closing arguements on Tuesday – The Plame Game is about to end. Can we handle the withdrawal? (Yes!) Keep up with the Plamiacs here.
Update: Well, maybe there is a little something under the Plame tree, since Team Libby is not done impeaching Russert:
Wells. Second piece of evidence relates also to benefits received by Russert and would be form of impeachment testimony. Being able to testify in setting where lawyer was present. On cross, in attempt to explore Russert’s understanding if he went before GJ, to my complete shock, Russert said he had no knowledge.
Walton There’s no evidence he’s ever done criminal law.
Wells. I’m going to show you three video tapes where it’s clear he’s aware of it. “So you understand that normal procedure, they’re not permitted to have lawyers in room.” I’ve given govt transcripts of three different appearances where he acknowledges that witnesses before GJ don’t have their lawyer. Discussing GJ testimony of Clinton. [why am I not surprised we were going to Clinton?] He askes why he doesn’t go before GJ.Resisting a subpoena are words he can understand better. Clinton is saying “can we not testify on video” rather than having to march before GJ without his lawyers. In other portions of the interview, why she won’t answer that question. She says it’s one of may questions because it’s before a GJ w/o a lawyer. These go right to the heart of a benefit.
Many people picked up on the clear fib by Lawyer Russert that he was not aware of the benefit of legal council during questioning outside the Grand Jury. Now they have him on tape discussing this benefit. Best Timmie can do is plead “I did not remember that”, to which he bolsters Libby’s case. Touche’!