2007/03/08

The Verdict on Lewis Libby

Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice-President Cheney's former Chief of Staff, found guilty on four out of five counts. "...two counts of perjury, one count of obstruction of justice and one false statement, all of which arise out of the lies he told to the FBI and grand jury as it investigated the 'outing' of CIA operative Valerie Plame."

Washington Post has severe black eye over past articles on the case. Very, very poor pronostications.

Joe Wilson speaks. He and his wife Valerie Plame Wilson will continue with their private suit agains Libby.

Good quotes:

"...Mr. Libby saying he was surprised to hear about Mrs. Wilson, we have about 34 post-it pages... 2.5 feet x 2.5 feet... and they were filled with all the information we distilled from the testimony... we took a long time to do that..."

"...what we came up with was that Mr. Libby either was told by or told to people about Mrs. Wilson at least 9 times..."

Congratulations to firedoglake.com for sterling coverage!!

"I'm not saying we didn't think Mr. Libby was guilty of the things we found him guilty of," Collins added. "It seemed like he was, as Mr. Wells put it, he was the fall guy."

Thinkpiece on why Vice-President Cheney seemed to go nuts when Joe Wilson first published his editorial.

William Hughes' posting on PhillyIMC is far too grumpy and pessimistic and "glass-is-half-empty" for my tastes, but he's right. He and Dan Froomkin are in complete agreement that Congress now needs to pick up the baton and start running with it. Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald gave us a good running start, but progressives have to press Congress to "take it home."

Speaker Pelosi tells us on her blog that Representative Henry Waxman wants to do just that, to "pick up the baton and start running with it"!!! Waxman sends a letter to Patrick Fitagerald requesting an interview.


Sidenote:
The WaPo gave us a truly lame editorial absolutely chock-full of factually-inaccurate statements. When I first weighed in, they had 9 pages of what were about 99% complaints about their lousy editorializing, they had 18 later that day and as of 9:00am of the 8th, they're up to 36 pages, probably the great majority of which are still critical.

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