Mar 06 2007
Lewis Libby has been convicted on four of five counts against him and faces up to 25 years in jail and a fine of $1 million. The jurors found Tim Russert to be a credible witness, despite the notes of his FBI interview being “lost” and him having claimed on the stand it would have been “impossible” for him to have told Libby about Plame. This even though another prosecution witness, Ari Fleischer, testified to having spilled Plame to David Gregory, who works together with Russert, not to mention Andrea Mitchell, who also works with Russert, stating for the record in 2003 that she and others knew Plame was CIA. The spokesman of the jury stated today:
“The primary thing which convinced us on most of the accounts was the conversation… the alleged conversation… with Tim Russert…,” he said.
That David Gregory and Andrea Mitchell never had to testify in the trial, and the fact that Tim Russert was caught lying about his knowledge of how grand juries work, seems to indicate that the jury convicted Libby based on an incomplete rationale, some of which was prevented by Judge Walton. However, the jurors had sympathy for Mr. Libby. Why?
Denis Collins said that “a number of times” they asked themselves, “what is HE doing here? Where is Rove and all these other guys….He was the fall guy.”
Here’s to you, Jason Leopold, for a job well done! Remember kids, it’s not getting the truth out that counts, it’s getting out a story that will fool as many people as possible to permeate the public conscience. Apropos that, I hear Leopold is involved in writing the script for the upcoming movie about Mrs. Fair Gameâ€¦