Monday, January 29, 2007
Common sense contradicts Libby defense.
Fleischer Testimony Contradicts Libby Defense:
Defense won't know ex-White House spokesman immunity details.
Washington - Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer testified Monday that then-colleague I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby told him over lunch that the wife of a prominent war critic worked at the CIA.
Fleischer said the conversation happened on Monday, July 7, 2003, the day after former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's op-ed article appeared in the New York Times, and he was a guest on 'Meet the Press,' accusing the administration of 'twisting' intelligence on Iraq's weapons programs. Libby - according to prosecutors - told Fleischer at lunch at the White House that the information that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA was 'hush-hush.'
That is the same day that the White House issued a statement saying that the '16 words' in the State of the Union address about Iraq seeking nuclear materials from Africa, should not have been included in the speech.
Fleischer was about to go overseas with the president and a number of other officials on an official delegation to various African countries. Fleischer would be traveling with the White House press corps on the trip.