Role reversal for Tim Russert
Feeling a bit "uncomfortable", Tim?? Uh-oh. What goes around....
"Russert on the Hot Seat in Libby Trial
Feb 08 10:38 AM US/Eastern
By MATT APUZZO
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- NBC's Tim Russert got the sort of "Meet the Press" interrogation he usually gives to his guests as attorneys Thursday flashed excerpts of his previous statements on a video monitor and asked him to explain inconsistencies.
Russert is the final witness for the prosecution in the perjury trial of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. The broadcast journalist, who hosts the Sunday network television interview show, found his own scruples questioned during his second day on the witness stand.
Russert seemed uncomfortable at times as Libby's attorneys asked him to explain why he willingly told an FBI agent about a July 2003 conversation with Libby, then gave a sworn statement saying he would not testify about that conversation because it was confidential.
"Did you disclose in the affidavit to the court that you had already disclosed the contents of your conversation with Mr. Libby," Libby's attorneys Theodore Wells asked.
"As I've said sir ... " Russert began.
"It's a yes or no question," Wells interrupted.
"I'd like to answer it to the best of my ability," Russert said.
"This is a very simple question. Either it's in the affidavit or it's not?" Wells asked. "Did you disclose to the court that you had already communicated to the FBI the fact that you had communicated with Mr. Libby?"
"No," Russert said. ...............