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isn't it interesting that Libby remembers talking to Fleisher about the Miami Dolphins, but not about Plame that day...
Highlights from Libbyís grand jury testimony:
10:00 am The jury comes in. Audiotape of Libbyís March 5, 2004, grand jury testimony resumes.
Some highlights [paraphrased] of his interrogation by Patrick Fitzgerald:
F: What was your reaction to Wilsonís op-ed?
L: Not much reaction at the time.
F: Is it fair to say that it was an accusation against the administration?
F: And that, if true, it implied that the President and the Vice-President lied to the American people in order to start a war?
L: Not quite. He said he just knew what was in his report, and there may have been other intelligence he wasnít aware of.
F: Most people would interpret it as an attack.
L: People misinterpret things.
[F. puts up a copy of the op-ed]
F: Were you angry about the article?
L: YesÖwell, I was concerned, but I was confident that the facts would clear us.
F: Were you upset?
L: I guess I was upset. I was distracted by the article. I didnít like the article.
F: After reading it, did you discuss it with the Vice-President?
L: [pause] Yes.
F: Youíre uncertain?
L: I didnít see him for a day or two.
F: Was it by phone?
F: Can you describe the first time you discussed it with him?
F: Was the Vice President upset?
L: Iím sure he was upset somewhat.
F: Would you agree that it was the most serious attack on the administrationís credibility it had received during its term?
L: It was a very serious attack, but [blah, blah, blah]
F: Had anyone else come forward with a similar attack?
L: Well, there was a lot of criticism of the ď16 words,Ē but no, I donít recall anyone else mounting a comparable attack.
F: Is it fair to say that it was an important topic discussed on a daily basis during the week after July 6?
F: What did the Vice President say about it?
L: He wanted to get all the facts out.
F: Did you discuss a physical copy of the article with the Vice President?
L: I donít recall that.
[F. puts up a copy of the Vice Presidentís copy of Wilsonís op-ed]
F: Do you recognize the handwriting at the top?
L: Itís the Vice Presidentís.
F: Is the phrase ďsome intelligence was twistedĒ underlined?
F: In the margin, there are some handwritten phrases, including: ďOr did his wife send him on a junket?Ē
F: Does the phrase ďor did his wife send him on a junket?Ē refresh your memory of your conversation with the Vice President?
L: During this week, I no longer remembered this. I had forgotten it.
F: When did the Vice President tell you, ďOr did his wife send him on a junket?Ē?
L: I donít recall that conversation happening until after Novakís article appeared.
F: [with a somewhat incredulous tone] So the Vice President didnít ask you, ďOr did his wife send him on a junket?Ē until after Novak wrote that his wife sent him on the trip?
L: Thatís correct.
F: So between July 6 to July 14, you never discussed with the Vice President that Wilsonís wife worked for the CIA and sent him to Africa?
L: Correct. I didnít hear that until the 10th or 11th when reporters told us.
F: With whom did you speak on July 10th?
L: [stuttering a little] T-T-Tim Russert.
F: There was no discussion between July 6 and July 10?
L: I donít recall discussing it. I was surprised when I heard it from Russert, so I infer that I didnít discuss it.
F: On July 7, you had lunch with Ari Fleischer. What did you discuss?
L: It was a good-bye lunch. We talked about the Miami Dolphinsówe were both fansóand we talked about his future, and that it had been fun working together. Also, we probably discussed the Uranium business.
F: Did the Uranium discussion include Wilson?
L: I donít recall. I suspect it did.
F: Also on July 7, did you ask CIA briefer Craig Schmall about the Wilson trip?
L: I donít recall.
F: So on the morning of July 7, you had a CIA briefing at 6:45, at 9:22 Cathie Martin emailed the Vice Presidentís talking points on Wilson to Fleischer, at 9:36 Fleischer held a press gaggle in which he repeated the talking points, and then you had lunch. Did you discuss Wilson?
L: I donít recall it.
F: Did you discuss Wilsonís wife with Fleischer?
L: I donít recall. I think I did not.
F: [with an incredulous tone] So immediately after the gaggle in which Fleischer addressed the controversy over the í16 words,í you remember talking about the Miami Dolphins quite clearly, but donít recall whether you talked about Wilson?
L: Thatís correct. There were a lot of conversations about the Wilson matter, but only one on the Dolphins.
F: Is it possible that you talked about Wilsonís wife with Fleischer?
L: I donít recall it. I tend to think I did not.
F: You didnít tell Fleischer, ďThis is hush, hush. This is on the QTĒ?
L: I donít recall that.
[The tape has started again. More later.]
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