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clarice

It's rare that a witness admits his recollection was "refreshed" by "press accounts"--especially since they include more wrong information than I have ever seen in any story ever.

topsecretk9

--You went through a mental justification. Senior Govt official, has every security clearance known to man. He may have met this person in the course of his business, this person may have briefed him.--

Who is "this person" he's talking about, Libby or Wilson?

danking70

Damn you TM. Another blog post...I thought you were in Rehab...

Looks like another long night playing catch up.

Martin

So he never denied telling Libby in the past and has just sworn under oath to the jury's collective faces that he presently believes he did tell Libby and that he felt "guilty" about disclosing an agent's ID to Libby.

Just what I'd like to hear if I'm Libby and I'm going with the I forgot defense. And remember it's an "I forgot' defense, not an "I never knew" defense.

Did Grenier ever testify that he forgot he knew Wilson's wife was CIA once he learned it? Nope. Don't conflate not being able to (or not wanting to) remember who you told what versus forgetting entirely what you know.

The former is possible, the latter...not so much.

Chef Walter

It's a CIA briefer. You have to have one. Powell had one and, like his SS detail, all African American, but she sure was mean on the radio interview about Powell. It's a requirement and they just screw the people they brief like Plame.

Grossman have face to face meeting with Plame? You know she's always been watched because of Aimes and has taken the bait more than once. Was Plame present during the meetings? Who does Plame brief?

CIA didn't want to talk to him. He approached them. Is he saying he is a problem?


Other Tom

Libby doesn't contend that he forgot entirely what he knew. He contends that he forgot from whom he learned it and when. So far, the first two prosecution witnesses have had similar and comparable problems with their memories. I don't think the defense could have dared hope for what's come out of these guys' mouths.

I infer that by "this person," Grenier means Plame. That is, Libby, with his clearances, my have met Wilson's wife professionally, and thus known who she was when Grenier referred to her.

Cecil Turner

Just what I'd like to hear if I'm Libby and I'm going with the I forgot defense. And remember it's an "I forgot' defense, not an "I never knew" defense.

Well, at least you came off the "they swore they told him" nonsense. They obviously don't remember. And yeah, if you were going with an "I forgot" defense, finding out everyone else forgot also is a bennie.

Don't conflate not being able to (or not wanting to) remember who you told what versus forgetting entirely what you know.

Piffle. Nobody asked Libby on July 14th what he remembered. He was trying to recollect where he first heard about it three months on. Fitz's case is that Libby couldn't possibly have forgotten, because he got told so many times. The first two times are dubious at best. Any honest person over 50 on the jury, and Libby walks.

Chants

"Don't conflate not being able to (or not wanting to) remember who you told what versus forgetting entirely what you know."

Or what a real credibility enhancer it is when when a witness on direct examination testifies that his memory improves with time. Not cross. Direct.

Woof.

Martin

Turner-you're being denser than usual. Are you actually denying G and G have sworn under oath that they did in fact tell Libby Wilson's wife was CIA?

Admittedly, we don't have official transcripts but that's not the way I read it. In any event, these witnesses are primarily establishing that Libby had a healthy interest in Wilson.

Cathie Martin and Fleischer will be along to establish he knew damn well who Plame was.

And I find your position that the Vice President COS was an elderly bumbling fool who couldn't keep track of relevant facts less than appealing.

clarice

Enhanced by news accounts, don't forget..Maybe David Shuster and Gregory were beaming messages into his cerebellum and causing all those neurons to connect into a synapse shouting "I recall, I recall."

Sue

if he didn't say anything about Plame for 2 years, the delivery of it was impressive)

LOL. EW is cracking me up. And I don't think she is joking.

Sue

but the FBI agent may not have gotten what I said exactly right.

OMG! I wish I could see Fitzgerald's face. ::grin::

boris

primarily establishing that Libby had a healthy interest in Wilson

But not in his wife.

hit and run

Interesting, Martin. The email address in your latest comment isn't the same as the usual.

Usually, mmorgan@psxlawfirmnox.com

This time, party@partyhard.com

Which is similar to one used by poster Don, party@hard.com

Not sayin' nuthin', its jus' interestin'

clarice

Not that there's anything wrong with that, boris (*)*Seinfeld

Martin

Right. That comes later as a tool to discredit him: the "boondoggle" defense. Though I think Cheney used "junket" in his personal annotations.

clarice

Sue--Never.Never.Never talk to an FBI agent when you have no videotape of the interrogation. Never.
That the Bureau still follows this old and faulty practice of relying on the notetaking skills and integrity and smarts of their agents to accurately record significant information is preposterous.

Wonderful that Grenier said this..opens up yet another fruitful avenue for the defense when it questions these bozos.

Martin

Funny how that works hit and run-ask TM to run the IP addresses if you want some real surprises!

P

Martin, you simply don't get it so your argument is foolish. You really need to do some homework on what this is about, we are way, way beyond the news medias orginal
charges. They've been thrown on the dustbin of unanswered dreams, like the Rove indictment and Bush Ntl Guard records.

Liby is not disputing he knew about the wife, he's disputing that he had to have perfect memory about what he did months earlier. And guess what, these witnesses memories are worse then Libbys'.

That's the point.

clarice

Let us in on the secret, Martin, we can't wait for the mystery to be solved using conventional methods.

topsecretk9

--but the FBI agent may not have gotten what I said exactly right.--

ranger mention in other thread that he's saying his GJ transcript isn't correct - or what he recalls testifying -

OK, thats hilarious on 2 fronts.

Ranger

So far, what I am getting from this is that he thinks the FBI's report does not reflect what he told them, and that in his in his second time before the GJ he was surprised by his own previous testemony. I guess it was for him as if he was hearing his own testemony for the first time.

clarice

Unbelievable to consider how much damage has been done to the Administration and the defendant by this nonsense.

P

""I guess it was for him as if he was hearing his own testemony for the first time.""

Then I guess Fitz was wrong, you can tell people something on Monday, and not remember it on Thursday.

Dan S

"Then I guess Fitz was wrong, you can tell people something on Monday, and not remember it on Thursday.

Posted by: P | January 24, 2007 at 11:46 AM "

Most of us who are over 50 would be willing to swear to THAT in court.

clarice

EW : Grenier admits he refused a request by defense counsel to talk to them.

Record shows he regarded Pincus article as an attack on the CIA statecraft.Also he found wilson report not "compelling"

"
: Absent some indication there was some privileged relationship with these subjects, I would have found this report suspect.

J: You would not have figured this was the best way to collect the information.

G: When I first heard he went, it struck me as odd.

J: As this information came out was some of this information embarrassing to the CIA, about the tradecraft related to the report.

J admitting article into evidence. Walton giving warning that the article is hearsay. Jeffress is trying to argue that the CIA was embarrassed they had sent Joe.
G: I'll let people read "

Amilson

Officially meet? I dont'know. Any type of meeting with Plame would be considered official. Joe would just use the wife excuse and so does she after they 'leak' her.

So, like, why did all the Russians and the trawler and the other guys show up after Plame does a drive by? I guess someone thought that was a meeting. So, if you met her, it was officeal.

EW cut off the link. She may be older and stuff.

clarice

FDL:
(J is Jeffrees BTW)
"J Conversation with Libby. Do you recall that about two weeks after the column. July 31, you were interviewed by IG at CIA.

G I couldn't vouch for date.

J Have you see this before.

G is reading.

G I don't believe I've seen this report before.

J does that refresh your recollection.

G dates are a problem. I vaguely recall talking to someone from IG. I was interviewed by them on a number of issues.

J You discussed your conversation with Libby.

J You didn't tell them anything about telling Libby about Plame.

G I don't see it reflected in here."


So no record evidence that he told the CIA at the time when he was being questioned about it that he told Libby about Plame..BIG

clarice

Not only does this undermine his testimony but it is further evidence of the sloppiness of the investigation/trial preparation.
I have never seen anything as bad as this in a major DoJ prosecution. NEVER.

clarice

FDL:
"J Does it strike you that your recollection of these meetings is a lot more vague than your conversation with Libby on June 11.

G My recollection of a lot of conversations from that time is vague. My recollection of my conversation with Libby has vagueness attached to it.

G What is true about this is that I've spent a lot of time thinking about that conversation.
"

hit and run

I have never seen anything as bad as this in a major DoJ prosecution. NEVER.


Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, but how do you know you haven't seen something this bad.....and forgot about it! ;-)

Alson

at the time when he was being questioned about it ?

No record of what questioning. CIA was questioning or FBI was questioning about CIA questioning in the past at CIA or current, but past, FBI questioning about the CIA questioning or FBI questioning?

lurker

Then why hasn't DOJ step in to review Fitz's work and stop the investigation if they saw how bad it was?

Of course, NO AUTHORITY.

Will DOJ revise its procedures in assigning special prosecutors? That oversight is automatically builtin so that someone like Comey's cannot override the oversight?

Javani

"Unbelievable to consider how much damage has been done to the Administration and the defendant by this nonsense."

MSM was slanted to do that, but the confusing semi-retraction forced upon Tenet by the WH days after the Wilson article fed the fire.

Really, the reporting approach on this case should be comic not serious. I think when we'll see real trial lawyers discuss the case on Greta and such we'll see them laughing.

Cecil Turner

You didn't tell them anything about telling Libby about Plame.
Gotta disagree, Clarice. It's not big, it's huge. That shoots "I believe I did" right in the a**.

clarice

Can you imagine the prosecutors not giving their own witnesses their prior statements before trial to review?
Can you imagine that they did not catch this major inconsistency?

I know I said a long time ago that the major failing of this Comey cobbled together special special prosecutor status is that there was no supervision whatsoever, making it even worse than the scrapped independent prosecutor statute which made the IP accountable to a Ct of Appeals panel.

UNBELIEVABLE.

ight

'It's not big, it's huge. That shoots'


be comic not serious..............
'
'Comey's cannot override the oversight?'

'but the confusing semi-retraction forced upon Tenet by the WH days after the Wilson article fed the fire.'

When did Tenet retract? Who else retracted at the same time?


clarice

EW provides us with more comic relief if you are not already splitting your sides with laughter:
"Interruption! Grenier lost his glasses. Everyone is running around the courtroom looking for his glasses. Someone found them. Jeffress says "It's a trick, I do that to all the witnesses." Everyone is still milling around. Fitz and Wells checking in. Fitz says, "would everyone check their papers." Fitz on his knees looking. "What is that laying right on the desk?"

Ranger

This guy is clearly career Intel. He wants it both say. 'The circumstances of the situation indicate that I possibly would have said something to him, but I don't specificly remember that I did (that way, no matter which is true, I'm covered).'

jwest

Reading the comments at FDL during the breaks…..

It seems a number of Hamsher’s regulars are upset that Walton is allowing a different viewpoint of events to be presented to the jury. They think it would be so much less confusing if Fitz could just explain what happened without Wells trying to muddy the waters.

One commenter wondered why Walton didn’t bar Wells from the courtroom.

They have a point. The justice system would be more efficient if it ran like FDL.

Javani

""Can you imagine the prosecutors not giving their own witnesses their prior statements before trial to review?""

Clarice, I'm not being critical, but...

Of course he didn't. That wouldn't help his case. So, "maybe" he communicated through Grenier's lawyer that his memory should be something else. If Fitz showed him the transcripts Grenier would be disinclined to "remember" more than he previously testified. Fitz isn't an amateur like Nifong.

""My recollection of a lot of conversations from that time is vague. My recollection of my conversation with Libby has vagueness attached to it.""

Hilarious. MSM is too invested in the Wilson-TruthTeller-Narrative to treat this trial as Washington Follies rather than a serious matter.

Sue

The justice system would be more efficient if it ran like FDL.

I second that with one stipulation. It only applies to people who post at FDL. ::grin::

clarice

Don't give Fitz any ideas..Given his (and the old Mary Jo White SDNY's office) expansive notion of obstruction of justice, he'll probably charge Wells with it

Other Tom

Martin: Are you feeling a bit ill, my lad?

If you have some relationship with a law firm, by all means don't give up your day job.

Javani

""Fitz on his knees looking.""

By god, is Fitz a mole for Libby, saying one thing, but by gesture indicating this trial should be treated as comedy?

clarice

Seems like there's a long side bar going on..

clarice

I think watching two of the high govt officials on the stand anyone writing a book on this case might want to use Cheney's characterization "Incompetents and Nitwits" as a title.

Dan S

*would pay lots for transcripts of the sidebars*

(Even after this is over!)

Ranger

Well, I hope at least one person on the pannel knows some intel people and can see though this guys story. They are always hedging their bets, leaving themselves enough wiggle room to jump to the other side, until it becomes clear which way things are going, then they were there all along, you just didn't notice them.

It makes sense for the field ops to operate like that, but the rest of them should just either tell you what they think is going on, or admit that they really have no idea and are just waiting for developments to help them figure it out.

Rick Ballard

The prosecution opened the gate on "covered".

Dan S

Ranger,

You think that's intel specific behavior? I thought that was simply bureaucratic behavior 101.

clarice

The only witness I ever deposed who lied from beginning to end was a CIA officer.

More from FDL:

"J You didn't mention the name of Mr. Wilson's wife. You didn't mention anything to Mr. Libby whether Mr. Wilson's wife was covert.

G No

J Covert in simple terms means undercover.

G Yes.

J CIA has lots of employees who are not covert.

G Yes

J You heard she was a "staff person" correct?

G No, I heard she was working in that unit. Could have meant staffer, an analyst on load, could have meant a number of different things, didn't ask for clarification.

J Would you turn to your second GJ transcript.

J Did you tell GJ that the she was a staff person

J that didn't testify that you learned that she was covert

G Staff person has a number of different interpretations. Could be staff person from DO working in CPD.

J THe person you talked to gave no indication that Wilson's wife was covert. Correct?

G Yes.

J You testified you spoke with someone named Cathie.

G Yes

J You're certain that this conversation with Harlow and Cathie happened on June 11.

G I believe so, I know it was a female press person.

Fitz' team again

Z [I think this is Zeidenberg so I'll use Z] What was the point of the investigation when you had a meeting with IG.

G about the Niger forgeries.

Z Did it have anything to do with Wilson

G No

Z you were asked about an email from your EA, whether he'd make inquiries on your behalf. Did he ever get taskings from other EAs?

G I believe he did–they'd be asked questions by their other principals' EAs.

Z If the person at the CPD that you spoke to did not tell you Wilson's wife was covert. Why were you feeling uncomfortable.

G Because I knew that that person could be undercover. We were talking about a unit in DO the vast majority of whose employees are undercover."


Chants

"We were talking about a unit in DO the vast majority of whose employees are undercover."

An entire unit at CIA HQ. Mostly undercover.

Tradecraft.

clarice

Looks to me that the door on her status was opened by the prosecution of direct and opened even further on redirect.

How far will the judge allow a response since there is confirmation from this witness he didn't know if she was undercover and he never told Libby she was..


Cecil Turner

EW at FDL has gotten a LOT beter. (And Joyner has slowed down some.) Toss-up.

Sue

EW has been fine when she doesn't try to editorialize while reporting. Maybe her editor talked to her. ::grin::

clarice

Schmall's up next..FDL has a lot about the preliminary discussions with the judge..The defense may recall him later on another poit.

Javani

"Looks to me that the door on her status was opened by the prosecution of direct and opened even further on redirect."

I'd agree. Fitz trying to get Grenier to say how secret he should treat information. BS, they were all talking about Wilson and his wife, why wouldn't they?

FDL says Greier looks dapper. Well, reading this transcript he's full of BS, I don't know how it comes off, but there is one attorney on the panel and I'd bet money he's saying to himself "BS BS BS". He'll wonder what is in it for Grenier to change his testimony.

clarice

Chants, maybe they lunch in a hidden basement cafe..or they were a trenchcoat and moustache disguise in to work.

clarice

**WEAR a*

roanoke

Well here is why Martin says we are prejudice because we can't "see"-

EW at FireDogLake

Grenier, btw, is very dapper. Greying, nice suit, blue tie. His delivery was VERY credible (even if he didn't say anything about Plame for 2 years, the delivery of it was impressive). I think it was David Corn who said "you can tell he has done a lot of briefing." He's in the box, frowning a bit.

So you know-what he said was utter crrrrrap, but wow! he makes me horny...

Where is "Don Martin"?

roanoke

OK that was probably unfair. I will be the first to admit-I AM an ass.

Ranger

Ranger,

You think that's intel specific behavior? I thought that was simply bureaucratic behavior 101.

Posted by: Dan S | January 24, 2007 at 12:32 PM

You may be right. My experience with bureaucrats is that:

1) They want you to believe that when they say no, they actually have the power to say yes. In fact, very few people have to power to say yes, but bosses hate having to deal with "little" issues the lower level people bring them, so they encourage the rank and file to just say no. Makes life easier for every one except the person who needs something approved.

2) When the boss is wrong, and you are right, support the boss because it is on him and no one will blame you if the boss is wrong. The most dangerous person in a bureaucratic office to the boss is the person that is right when the boss is wrong. The boss looks bad and the person who was right advances. People who are right most of the time end up out of a job (job security for the boss).

Sue

We need a Schmall thread.

Javani

"(even if he didn't say anything about Plame for 2 years, the delivery of it was impressive)"

"Impressive" - spoken like someone who wants to believe. LOL.

The lawyer on the panel is going to say in deliverations Grenier is full of BS. Probably the others too, if not cowed by fear of criticizing a top CIA official. Grenier's use of "Oh dear" did much to undermine him with the men.

Sue

Discussed visit from Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz, with Cruise wishing to convey concern about German treatment of Scientologists.

What???? Is that a f'ng joke?

Dan S

I've only worked in one agency, but did interface with DoS. What you say is true on normal stuff, but on things concerning predictions... my experience is it's just like the standard intel "deniability" posture.

On the one hand, on the other hand, on the other other hand, on the... where were we?

I don't remember.

hit and run

What???? Is that a f'ng joke?

Depends, was it an impressive delivery? A VERY impressive delivery?

roanoke

My that's a VERY imrpessive delivery you have there....

Oh dear!

clarice

Schmall re his daily briefing on Libby on June 14:
(Joyner)
"Note appended “The Amb told this was a VP office question? Joe Wilson Valerie Wilson”

Also, Libby expressed annoyance that a reporter had told him that “a direct source” had told him “analysts were feeling pressured pressured and bullied.” Schmall followed up with a peer who had presided over the meeting in question and was assured that, not only was there no feeling of pressure, they were quite pleased that VP seemed interested in their reactions.

Attorneys stipulate that JuLY 14, 2003 was a Monday.

This is day Novak column appeared in print. Table of contents from morning brief entered into evidence. Almost entirely redacted. Note “Did you read the Novak article? Not your problem.”

“Do you have specific recollection as to who asked question, ‘Did you read the Novak article?’” No. VP certainly attended, Libby probably. Schmall has no recollection of the details of the discussion."

Javani

His changed testimony was VERY credible!!!

Martin? Yoo-hoo, Martin? No comments?

sbw

Schmall: Mr Libby told me about it–he was excited about it I was excited about it. Tom Cruise was there to talk to Libby about how Germany treats Scientologists.


::choke:: Well no wonder Libby was preoccupied!

Javani

"Schmall followed up with a peer who had presided over the meeting in question and was assured that, not only was there no feeling of pressure, they were quite pleased that VP seemed interested in their reactions."

Fitzy, how did you let that in?

Schmall is not doing Fitz' work like Grenier was doing so, might I add, VERY credibly. :)

Chants

As Clarice noted, Craig Schmall is the next witness.

Craig Scmhall was the June 14, 2003 CIA briefer cited on p. 5, para. 11, of the Libby Indictment. It is there alleged that Libby called him to complain about negative comments of the VPO from CIA officials, and also discussed Joe Wilson and Val Plame.

Key Issue?: In what depth was Plame discussed.

clarice

Joyner:
"Subsequent meeting was asked to offer his opinion on Plame leak. He noted that press “focusing on damage to Valerie Wilson and her career” but that there were serious operational consequences of the leak. Anyone connected to Plame overseas could be harassed and put in danger."

{My note: If they hadn't already been bumped off when Ames outed her or the tradecraft specialists gave her name to Castro)

RichatUF

from Sue...
Discussed visit from Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz, with Cruise wishing to convey concern about German treatment of Scientologists.

What???? Is that a f'ng joke?

Not if they lifted it from Armitage's calander...remember AP got a copy of his June 11th calander...another thing the two witnesses seem to be repeating info that was from the INR memo...a detail not really that important

A note about embaressment-I don't think that is a reason that info can stay classified-

RichatUF

Chants

Whoops!

I am late.

hit and run

Can somebody please enter a pic of Penelope Cruz into evidence? And remember, evidence that is "revealing" is preferred.

Javani

""Schmall: Mr Libby told me about it–he was excited about it I was excited about it. Tom Cruise was there to talk to Libby about how Germany treats Scientologists.

::choke:: Well no wonder Libby was preoccupied!""

Funniest thing is Fitz let that in. If he thought it was damning how a top intel agent would go gaga over movie stars, what does he think about other agents saying "oh dear" and making up new memories?

Sue

Subsequent meeting was asked to offer his opinion on Plame leak. He noted that press “focusing on damage to Valerie Wilson and her career” but that there were serious operational consequences of the leak. Anyone connected to Plame overseas could be harassed and put in danger.

Isn't this stepping over the line into what Walton was going to allow? I would call for a mistrial right about now.

Dan S

"F Had no idea about damage caused by her being named.:

?

Damage? To whom, or what? Joe's love life?

hit and run

Damage? To whom, or what? Joe's love life?

Joe's love life consists of a mirror.

Javani

Sue, Walton is going to let in most everything.

Reading between the lines of his evolving comments he believed the WilsonTruthTeller narrative at first, smelled a rat when Fitz backed off on it, and does not like reporters.

RichatUF

...He noted that press “focusing on damage to Valerie Wilson and her career”...

Like Corn or Cooper...who were those articles soruced to

RichatUF

Dan S

Yeah, Sue, that was the thought driving my smart alec question.

I didn't think the prosecution was permitted to introduce fiction as fact.

Sue

FBI interviews–had you interviewed any documents.

I realize EW is doing a wonderful job, but this caused me to smile. I wouldn't be surprised if Fitzgerald interviewed a document.

Rick Ballard

I wouldn't be surprised if Fitz indicted a document.

clarice

Javani--maybe it's good to let Fitz overstep and open the door..better than to object and let the jury think you've something to hide.
Just saying.

hit and run

Like Corn or Cooper...who were those articles soruced to

And further, what is the likelihood he was a regular Corn reader. No disrespect to Corn.


I realize EW is doing a wonderful job, but this caused me to smile. I wouldn't be surprised if Fitzgerald interviewed a document.

Word on the street is the document will be indicted in the next 100 congressional hours.

Javani

Schmall is on Fitz' side,

"...Now that Valerie Wilson's name in press foreign intell in countries she worked have an opportunity to investigation all the people she worked with can be harrassed, lose their jobs, arrested, tortured, or killed..."

Gosh, I never even heard Joseph Wilson say that! Good "prep" Fitzybaby! You're no amateur like Nifong!

clarice

Joyner(cross):
"“Do you recall briefing Mr. Libby on Saturday, June 14 about…” various very important issues, presumably being read from the table of contents. There were 27 total items. The answer was “No, sir” to each question.
"


Sue

harrassed, lose their jobs, arrested, tortured, or killed

That is something that I've wondered about. Since the revelation of Plame to the world, has anyone, anywhere, come forward and said they knew her? Any government complained that the US had sent her to spy on them? Anything?

RichatUF

...Mr Libby told me about it–he was excited about it I was excited about it. Tom Cruise was there to talk to Libby about how Germany treats Scientologists...

excited...I'm thinking creepy. Don't they have some lobbyists or something. And the German's hate (unnamed group)them-consider them to be a national security threat. Funny that they would get face time with State#2 and OVP Chief of Staff. And even more wierd it would be on the CIA briefers agenda (wonder if CIA has a (unnamed group) problem)

RichatUF

Sue

S A lot of times it would end up on my TOC.

C Any other place you'd record what happened in briefings?

S Not formally or regularly. If it's something taht isn't really tasker, I might send an email or call them up.

This is going somewhere...hurry up...

Javani

""Javani--maybe it's good to let Fitz overstep and open the door..better than to object and let the jury think you've something to hide. Just saying."

Prosecution has the problem that they might want everything excluded, but they need to show motive and contest for an intentional lie. Prosecution will make it seem Wilson & wife could be the only thing on Libby's mind, Defense will show what else was going on.

Thinking about it, Fitz probably knew he had to pre-empt the Tom Cruise story. But Schmall didn't work well for Fitz in the future when he admitted he was excited
Mr Libby told me about it–he was excited about Cruise too. Also Schmall has notes in his lap, probably consulted them in prior testimony, Libby had none. One of the memes for the defense is Libby had no notes, and all WH notes were sealed from him, couldn't consult.

clarice

Joyner:"He then moved on to a list of terrorist threats from that same briefing. Same, same.

Presumably, Schmall is saying that he doesn’t specifically remember briefing Libby, not the items themselves. Many of them are significant events.

“I gather that those types of items would be briefed to Mr. Libby six times a week?” “Yes, sir.”"


Yes,Sue, I believe the defense is about to hit him with an email or two--there was some preliminary questions about who drafts his emails.

RichatUF

from Sue
That is something that I've wondered about. Since the revelation of Plame to the world, has anyone, anywhere, come forward and said they knew her? Any government complained that the US had sent her to spy on them? Anything?

That's a head scratcher...and more indication that she was never NOC-that and she had a return address at the US Embassy-Athens. When are Russert, Cooper, and Miller suppose to take the stand?

RichatUF

//got to run will be back...

Javani

"There were 27 total items. The answer was “No, sir” to each question."

Ouchy for Fitzy.

But they remembered everything Tom Cruise said, I'd bet money on that!

Sue

I'm thinking the important information about Wilson/Wilson and/or Plame isn't where the important information is put. What a shocker that will be to Wilson. He isn't in the important information slot.

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