What's Coming Up

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emptywheel
Just some thoughts about what's coming up. First, we've got the FBI Agent (her name is Bond--could this thing get any more perfect?), who will introduce Libby's FBI and GJ testimony. We'll hear long tapes of Libby's testimony. Fitz will pay particular attention to Libby's efforts to get Scottie to exonerate him in Fall 2003. Then we've got "the mystery witness." I'll ask around if anyone has a better idea who it'll be.

What's Coming Up

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emptywheel
Just some thoughts about what's coming up. First, we've got the FBI Agent (her name is Bond--could this thing get any more perfect?), who will introduce Libby's FBI and GJ testimony. We'll hear long tapes of Libby's testimony. Fitz will pay particular attention to Libby's efforts to get Scottie to exonerate him in Fall 2003. Then we've got "the mystery witness." I'll ask around if anyone has a better idea who it'll be.

The Banality of the Unitary Executive

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It's weird, blogging the Libby trial. I'm putting out details at such a tremendous rate all day that I have a real hard time getting the big picture--though I do get that by the time I talk it through with others here. But I do feel like I'm missing the middle ground. Except relating to one thing.

What I Think Happened

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emptywheel
This is going to be really quick--but there's a lot of confusion about where there are smoking guns and where there are not. So I'm going to lay out what I think went on in May-July 2003. It's speculative, but this is the picture we're beginning to see. The first response we know of came in May.

The Testimony Dance

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emptywheel
Understand this. Libby's team is playing a big game with their witnesses, throwing a bunch of names out there--Cheney, Bartlett, Rove, Libby, Wilson, Woodward, and about 12 journalists to be named later. I really have no idea who will testify--remember that, even if Libby's subpoenas someone, they don't have to call that person as a witness.

Beat All the Press

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emptywheel
The press saw the same thing we saw yesterday, that Cathie Martin revealed the dark underbelly of WH press strategy. Memo to Tim Russert: Dick Cheney thinks he controls you. But it was more than her testimony that revealed the underbelly. First, here's how I described her testimony of the notes she took from which the Russert news came. [Martin describing the note] At top of backside her notes.

Tom Cruise and National Security

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emptywheel
Here was my own personal favorite moment in the trial coverage on Wednesday. At one point, Cline was questioning Schmall about all the thing that Schmall's work, as a briefer, helped Libby do with his work. He introduced 7 of the 9 very important things that Libby will use in his memory defense.

The CIA Got the Niger Documents!!!

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emptywheel
Here's the holy shit no one has noticed from yesterday. Here's the version of the INR memo introduced in court yesterday. You'll note in the last paragraph of the second page--it says, "These documents, which were sent to Washington via both CIA and [State] Department channels..." This is really big news. The CIA got the forgeries.

The Libby Trial 1

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I'm sure you've all either read my liveblog or read some reviews of yesterday's coverage, so you know the stunners and new information from the first day of the trial:Libby is throwing Rove under the busAri leaked (according to the very unreliable Wells) to David Gregory, something which none of his colleagues knewLibby has his own annotated copy of Wilson's op-edCheney wrote some orders on Libby's sonnet looking for Scottie to

Thoughts on Liveblogging Libby

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emptywheel
Just a few quick thoughts before I hit the sack. I just saw the Bush's approval rating is at 28%. I can't help but think that his approval rating was still around 50% when this whole process started, when Libby made the decision to risk a jury rather than settling rather than flipping on Cheney.

We've Got a Potential Witness (and Mention) List

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There you are, ladies and gentleman, the list of all potential witnesses who may be called at Scooter Libby's trial. The most interesting surprise? Dougie Feith, propaganda artist extraordinaire. And yes, Karl is on there. Condi Rice is on there. George Tenet. Scottie McClellan. Andy Card. Adam Levine--who has said clearly that Libby and Rove were in charge of the Wilson response and who Hubris suggest might be 1--he's on there. There

We've Got a Potential Witness (and Mention) List

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emptywheel
There you are, ladies and gentleman, the list of all potential witnesses who may be called at Scooter Libby's trial. The most interesting surprise? Dougie Feith, propaganda artist extraordinaire. And yes, Karl is on there. Condi Rice is on there. George Tenet. Scottie McClellan. Andy Card. Adam Levine--who has said clearly that Libby and Rove were in charge of the Wilson response and who Hubris suggest might be 1--he's on there. There
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