Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Court Hears Libby Describe Cheney as 'Upset' at Critic -

Libby's attorneys must be hard pressed for any defense, to put on this one.

"I forgot a half dozen conversations about someone who was considered W.H. enemy #1 and was, then, 'taken aback' when I heard the same thing from Tim Russert, who says he never said it."

I'm no lawyer, but it looks like these guys are just looking to appeal, appeal, appeal....until the pardon comes.

Court Hears Libby Describe Cheney as 'Upset' at Critic -

Vice President Cheney and other senior White House officials regarded a former ambassador's accusations that President Bush misled the nation in going to war in Iraq as an unparalleled political assault and, early in the summer of 2003, held daily discussions about how to debunk them, I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby told a federal grand jury.

In grand jury audiotapes played yesterday during Libby's perjury trial, the vice president's then-chief of staff said Cheney had been 'upset' and 'disturbed' by criticisms from former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV that Bush had twisted intelligence to justify the war. And Libby said that Karl Rove had been 'animated' by a conversation with Robert D. Novak, in which the conservative columnist told Rove he 'had a bad taste in his mouth' about Wilson and was writing a column about him.

Libby is charged with lying to the grand jury as it investigated a leak by administration officials of the identity of Wilson's wife, an undercover CIA officer named Valerie Plame. The sound of Libby's clear, measured voice in the tapes -- filling a courtroom in U.S. District Court here for six hours over the past two days -- buttresses the prosecution's case in two significant ways.

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