Dick Cheney Gets Judy Miller to Serve as His Cut-Out, Again

When Judy Miller wrote a piece for the WSJ pitching her new autobiographical novel, she was very specific about what she had said and not said with Dick Cheney and when.

I have never met George W. Bush. I never discussed the war with Dick Cheney until the winter of 2012, years after he had left office and I had left the Times.

Particularly given that the only question of those I posed for my book that Miller did not answer was whether she saw Cheney on the trip to Aspen that she used to explain Scooter Libby’s Aspen letter, I find her admission that she did and does speak to Cheney — though had not, about the war — telling. (Remember, too, that Cheney did not release journalists he had spoken to to reveal him as a source in the way everyone else in the Executive Branch did.)

Miller goes on to present a nonsense story about how Fitzgerald misled her and caused her to testify incorrectly, falsely testifying to the grand jury that Libby had told her Plame was at the CIA back in June. It doesn’t make sense — and doesn’t do anything to undermine the other evidence that would have been sufficient to convict Libby, notably Libby’s own notes and David Addington’s testimony as well as a second, far more important, meeting between Libby and Miller just days before Novak outed Plame.

Maybe Miller just has no fucking clue what got presented at the trial?

But having presented a flimsy excuse to question the verdict against Libby, Miller has presented others with an opportunity to point to another detail she includes in her book: that Fitzgerald offered to drop the charges against Libby if he would testify against Cheney. Again, that’s not surprising. Libby’s lies served to cover up Cheney’s orders to leak stuff to Judy Miller (not in the meeting she newly focuses on, but in the meeting during the week of Novak’s article).

Enter Dick Cheney.

Miller also writes in her book that she learned from Libby’s attorney that Fitzgerald “had twice offered to drop all charges against Libby if his client would ‘deliver’ Cheney to him.”

Cheney says that shows what Fitzgerald’s real intentions were in going after Libby.

“It was a runaway special prosecutor who, I think, manipulated the system because he was trying to make a name for himself,” Cheney said. “I apparently was the target based upon the fact that he went to Scooter’s lawyer and told him if Scooter would testify against me he’d drop the charges against Scooter. I hadn’t been accused of anything. I hadn’t done anything.”

This, of course, is bullshit. The key issue at the trial — the key reason why Libby’s claims about his lies were important — had to do with his own notes reflecting Dick Cheney ordering Libby to leak classified information to Judy Miller, information that Cheney hung Libby out to dry on in his first interview with Fitzgerald.  Nevertheless, Cheney uses it to proclaim Libby innocent, which he can’t be if Cheney’s own interview with Fitzgerald was honest.

Either Libby lied to the grand jury, or Cheney lied to Fitzgerald and possibly, in his unreleased second interview, to the grand jury. One of them lied. Probably, both did.

Whatever the evidence against Dick Armitage is (and the evidence shows that both journalists who learned of Plame’s CIA ties from him asked inexplicably leading questions to elicit that response, and both journalists had spoken with OVP before they spoke with Armitage), the evidence is also that Dick Cheney ordered Libby to leak stuff and the record shows (and nothing from Miller’s book discussed thus far, at least, contradicts) that Libby included Plame’s identity in that.

By the time Fitzgerald subpoenaed Miller, Cheney may not have been accused of anything, but he had been required to give a second, sworn interview with Fitzgerald that could be introduced to the grand jury because his first interview differed in dramatic ways from Libby’s grand jury appearances. It was that interview, by all appearances, that led to the Judy subpoena.

Cheney doesn’t  hide that he’s still trying to get the guy who covered up for him a pardon. Judy’s book is just the convenient, albeit factually laughable, claim on which he plans to hang that effort.

Whatever information Judy laundered for the Administration back in 2002 (and Libby, at least, claimed it was Condi Rice who did such laundering before the war, not him or Cheney, which is not entirely inconsistent with Miller’s currently operative claims) and far more obviously after it, she is back to serving as Cheney’s cut-out now.

In nothing yet made public does Judy deny serving as Cheney’s cut-out. Which is good, because the whole effort seems to be proof that she continues to do so.

16 replies
  1. Bay State Librul says:

    Can Fitzy make a statement now?
    What a scoop if you could interview Fitzgerald and get his perspective after all these years

  2. wallace says:

    “Dick Cheney Gets Judy Miller to Serve as His Cut-Out, Again”

    Fuck, there’s that word again. DICK Cheney. I’m sick to death of hearing about dicks. And now, there’s even a website about NSA and your dick pics.


    I guess Cheney’s mother had a sense of humor. I wonder if he got teased in school?

    Bay State Librul said:
    quote “Can Fitzy make a statement now?”unquote

    I just did. Hey…how did you know my nickname?

    (btw sorry..I couldn’t resist. But it really is.)

  3. orionATL says:

    thank god you followed the trial and wrote your book, it’s protection for us all from yet another cheney p.r. blitz.

    i hope you get asked to do a dozen media interviews, but i won’t hold my breath. media attention always goes to power.

  4. dakine01 says:

    I’m shocked SHOCKED I say to discover that a politician and journalist have both lied to justify their actions. (/s)

  5. karnak12 says:

    Marcy, it’s good to see (hear?) that some people don’t want to let this Plame fiasco fade or be swept under the rug. Myself included. The mendacious as#$%^es who perpetrate this bs need to be put down and reminded of their true mortality at every opportunity. Yay!

  6. Ryan says:

    Good thing Judy Miller isn’t a jealous woman.

    Wouldn’t want Dick Cheney to receive a plea deal.

  7. wallace says:

    quote”Cheney doesn’t hide that he’s still trying to get the guy who covered up for him a pardon.”unquote

    After reading Mr. Berkowitz’s op-ed, something is glaringly weird. I don’t get it.

    Now, please, someone correct me if I’m missing something, but wasn’t this entire story based on the fact that leaking a CIA operative’s name a crime by virtue of The Espionage Act of 1917 and the Intelligence Identities and Protection Act of 1982? If thats correct, I don’t understand something. According to Mr. Berkowitz, no crime was committed… :
    quote:”Mr. Fitzgerald didn’t charge anyone with leaking Ms. Plame’s identity or disclosing classified information to reporters. From the moment he took over the FBI leak investigation in December 2003, he knew that Mr. Armitage was the leaker but declined to prosecute him, Mr. Rove or Mr. Harlow because the disclosure of Ms. Plame’s identity wasn’t a crime and didn’t compromise national security.”unquote

    WTF?? If no crime was committed, why was Fitzgerald trying to prove Libby was the one that leaked Plames name in the first place when he ALREADY KNEW IT WAS ARMITAGE??????????? Regardless of resorting to charging him with lying, it was only because he couldn’t ultimately prove it was Libby in the first place. This whole story stinks from the day it started..ultimately proving..you can’t make this shit up.

    sheezusHchrist. Talk about a fucking nuthouse. WDC should be surrounded in barbed wire and lookout towers. These people are godddamned crazy.

      • wallace says:

        quote”Mr. Berkowitz’s op-ed? I don’t know to what you are referring, Wallace.”unquote

        Notwithstanding you found it, when I wrote that, I was having a brain fart. Somehow, I was thinking emptywheel had a link to Berkowitz’s opinion piece. What really happened was I started reading emptywheels post, but as I had never really followed the Libby story at the time, I searched for some info on Google, and his piece came up through a link on another story. So, I simply got crossthreaded. Sorry. At least you found his article. As for my take, he sounds like a typical Bush asskisser.

  8. pdaly says:

    I found the Peter Berkowitz oped in the WSJ 4/6/2015–a follow up to Judy’s 4/3/15 attempt at rewriting history.
    This part of Berkowitz’s op-ed made me laugh and think of Novak’s backpedalling on the word ‘operative’ not being ‘[secret CIA] operative’ when he referred to Valerie Wilson. Berkowitz writes:
    “Ms. Miller writes, she was reading Ms. Plame’s book, “Fair Game,” and was astonished to learn that while on overseas assignment for the CIA Ms. Plame “had worked at the State Department as cover.” This threw “a new light” on the June 2003 notebook jotting, Ms. Miller says, since the State Department has “bureaus,” while the CIA is organized into “divisions.”
    . [snip]
    “Ms. Miller also now understood that “If Libby, a seasoned bureaucrat, had been trying to plant her employer with me at our first meeting in June, he would not have used the word Bureau to describe where Plame worked.””
    At the time of Judy’s conversation with Fitzgerald (under oath), however, she did realize ‘bureau’ in the context of her meeting with Libby referred to a place in the bowels of the CIA and not to a non-CIA place such as the FBI.

    • pdaly says:

      I should clarify that I am not confusing State Dept with the FBI: the ‘FBI’ was Fitzgerald’s alternate example to Judy of a ‘bureau’ in the government after Judy combined under oath on her own the word ‘bureau’ and CIA with Plame’s employment.
      Judy under oath acknowledged (2005) to Fitzgerald that normally CIA has divisions/directorates but she understood Libby’s word ‘bureau’ (2003 conversation) to refer to a section of the CIA. Now in 2015, Judy wants to blame Fitzgerald for making that connection of bureau and CIA instead of herself.

      I seem to recall reading that Plame’s area in CIA was referred to as a “Bureau’ of Counterproliferation” in the CPD. Maybe I’m mistaken, however. Cannot find it in a quick google search now.

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