In other words, Fitzgerald (n the indictment) doesn't hint at what he knows about a larger conspiracy, if there is one. But he does include clear threats to three people--Rove (in the form of designation as Official A), Libby (in the form of a potential IIPA violation), and Cheney (in the form of hints that Fitzgerald knows of his deep involvement in the leak)--without revealing all the details he knows. I believe the subsequent events, whatever they might be, were overshadowed by those three threats.heh.
So two of Libby's three big name lawyers were instrumental at limiting one individual trial from bringing down entire Republican conspiracies in the past. That, in and of itself, indicates the understanding Libby's team brings to his trial: as the burglars tried to on Watergate and North tried to with Iran-Contra, Libby's trial must limit the damage to the larger conspiracy.
What better person to manage the PR and fund raising side of this, then, than Barbara Comstock, who (with Mark Corallo) seems to be the RNC's designated gal in charge of limiting the damage one obscenely corrupt Republican's trial can have on the rest of the obscenely corrupt Republican project.
Luskin appears to object to the notion that Rove got a deal, while insisting all the while that Rove was cooperating voluntarily. Which just leaves it up to you to imagine what Luskin might mean when he talks of Rove's "cooperation."
However, by revealing these items to the public, Fitzgerald is revealing the fundamental truth of his investigation: Dick Cheney authorized Libby and strategized with him to leak Plame's identity. While I don't know whether Fitzgerald will ever be able to prove it legally, he has provided ample evidence to show that Libby has been lying to protect Dick, and with Dick, the deliberate efforts the two of them made to expose a spy.
By showing the inconsistencies with Libby's NIE story, Fitzgerald started to draw out Libby's central lie--one Fitzgerald probably does not yet have evidence for, but one that is increasingly clear is a lie. Libby was ordered to leak something to Judy on July 8, 2003. He says he was orderd to leak the NIE. But that doesn't make any sense....
Libby says he was told to leak the NIE on July 8. But he had already leaked it. Therefore, it is completely ridiculous to think he would be ordered to leak it again--much less that he would get permission specifically from the President when he hadn't done so in June, when he leaked it to Bob Woodward. So if he wasn't ordered to leak the NIE, then what was he ordered to leak?
There are just a few shitty lies standing between Dick Cheney and full culpability for willingly leaking the identity of a CIA spy. I don't know whether Fitzgerald believes he can break through those shitty lies. But it's pretty clear they're nothing but shitty lies.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
emptywheel: cheney's guilty
emptywheel: anatomy of a smear. 3.7
Posted by lukery at 7/01/2006 02:32:00 PM