Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Evidence against Libby piling up

Judith Miller's Account Hurts Libby Defense.

Cathie Martin, Ari Fleischer and now Judith Miller all confirming Libby spoke to them of Valerie Plame before he claims to have heard it from Russert.
Deliberately and sometimes defensively offering her account in Libby's perjury trial, Miller told the jury that "a very irritated and angry" Libby told her in a confidential conversation on June 23, 2003, that the wife of a prominent critic of the Iraq war worked at the CIA. Libby had told investigators he believed he first learned that information from another journalist nearly three weeks later -- the assertion at the core of the charges against him.

Miller testified that Libby, then the chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, shared this information as they talked alone in his office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and that he complained that the CIA and a former ambassador were unfairly trying to blame the White House for using faulty intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq. He then mentioned that the wife of the ambassador, Joseph C. Wilson IV, worked at a bureau of the CIA.
Nice little extra here...her public confirmation of Libby and the White House's feud with the CIA over faulty intelligence that led to the Iraq invasion. Prime motivation, laid out in full, for Libby to have gone out of his way to expose Valerie Plame.

Other tidbits from this article: Judith Miller apparently kept notes/notebooks from interviews while a reporter for the New York Times in a shopping bag under her desk. This is where she retrieved notes from a meeting with Libby from after initially having overlooked them. And I thought I had poor organizational skills...:)

Meanwhile, the NYTimes today draws attention to the legal argument occurring at the end of today where Libby's lawyers are seeking to have Miller answer whether any other sources of hers had discussed Valerie Wilson. The Times suggests that if Miller refused to answer, she could be held in contempt and there could be a mistrial. The Post report, link above, however, quotes her lawyer as saying "there are no other sources she can recollect dealing with [concerning] Mr. Wilson and Ms. Plame." This issue continues into tomorrow.