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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:32 PM
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"Judy's Lawyer: Testimony was broader than Libby" from Daily Kos
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 05:33 PM by Pirate Smile

Judy's Lawyer: Testimony was broader than Libby

by dumbya
Fri Sep 30th, 2005 at 13:40:55 PDT

Judy Miller's lawyer, Bob Bennett (Bill Bennett's brother), was on with Wolf and said that Judy's testimony was focused on the entire Valerie Plame matter. This is big, because her testimony wasn't limited to Scooter. It appears that Judy negotiated a deal so she wouldn't have to answer questiosn regarding her bogus pre-war reporting rather than limiting the questions to Scooter alone.

Digby sums it up pretty nicely.

"Ok kidz. Judy's lawyer Bob Bennett just told Wolf Blitzer that Judy's agreement with Fitzgerald was limited to "the Valerie Plame matter" not just Libby. Wolf pressed. Fitzgerald reiterated that it was "the Valerie Plame matter."

Judy was worried that Fitzgerald was going to pursue her bogus WMD claims.

Bolton and Cheney and Rove all the rest aren't off the hook on Plame. Do you suppose that includes Niger? "

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2005_09_25_digbysblog_ar...

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/9/30/164055/178



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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:35 PM
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1. Sing Judy Sing
Save your own ass because it's apparent that your PNAC buddies aren't going to do much to help you.

Oh yeah, we don't want anyone asking questions about your friend David Kelly? Now do we Judy?

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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:37 PM
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2. Is David Kelly one of the reporters who was offed
in Iraq?
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displacedtexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 07:25 AM
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23. That was Michael Kelly.
He was the editor of The New Republic during the Stephen Glass scandal.
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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:38 PM
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27. Thanks
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Virginian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:38 PM
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Who is David Kelly?
She had better save herself. Loyalty only runs one way with that group.
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gp Donating Member (645 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:46 PM
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6. David Kelly was the UK WMD scientist who 'suicided himself' in 2003
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 05:49 PM by gp
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Kelly


The last email Mr. Kelly sent, just before he died, was to Judith Miller.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:51 PM
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8. David Kelly was the bio-weapons expert
who got in trouble for saying that Blair had 'sexed up' the dossier. He was 'suicided' in England soon after. Judith Miller was one of the last people he had contact with before he died.

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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 06:18 PM
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9. She reportedly testified for four hours.
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:38 PM
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3. Did Bob pronounce Niger correctly, or does he suffer from his bro's ideas?
and proclivities?
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 06:00 AM
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22. Bob's a good dude - he defended President Clinton for a time...
...on the Paula Jones bullshit, I believe. :thumbsup:

He's not like his racist, gambling brother.
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 08:01 AM
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25. thanks, I forgot about that.
a black sheep and a guy wearing a white hat. It happens in the best of families. No, wait. we have the bush family as an exception.
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Rageneau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:42 PM
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4. I doubt it was her WMD lies Miller didn't want to testify about...
I think she made a deal with Fitzgerald to restrict her testimony solely to her conversations with Libby alone.

Several news stories have suggested that it was only when Fitzgerald assured her she wouldn't have to testify about anyone EXCEPT Libby (such as GFY Cheney), that Miller accepted Fitzgerald's offer and walked free.

Yes, she probably testified "only" about Plame. But I suspect she testified "only" about what she learned about Plame from Libby himself, alone, in person, hand on his heart, on double super secret background.
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hang a left Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:17 PM
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15. I haven't seen anyone bring this up yet but
wasn't there another case the Fitzgerald was working on in NY and Judy was supposedly the one who gave a heads up to a mosque being raided or something like that. Some have speculated that once Fitz got her on the stand he could ask her about that case. That is what came to my mind when I first heard that the questioning would be limited to the Plame case.
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Me. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 07:46 AM
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24. Yes
The money laundering case. There was a "supposed" Islamic charity that was being investigated for money laundering. And two reporters, Miller being one, allegedly gave them a heads up, that the FBI was on the way. In connection with this case, Fitzgerald tried to get her phone records, but it was taken to court and Fitzgerald was denied access to the records he sought. I think she didn't want to be compromised in that case which, I think, is one of the main reasons she didn't want to testify. And given that Libby says she received the waiver a year ago it does cast doubt on her given reason for refusing to testify. What I don't know is, if one is being questioned in a particular case, like Plame, can the grand jury also ask questions pertaining to a different case altogether?
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:45 PM
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5. If Judy Miller tesitifeis before a grand jury like she reports the news
If Judy tesitifeis before a grand jury like she reports the news, then she'll be indicted for perjury.
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Fleshdancer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:46 PM
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7. Looks like Bolton's visit to Judy paid off for him
Bolton was responsible for the false yellow cake story (that Judy helped pushed in the media) he pays her a visit in jail and she then negotiates a deal to not talk about it. Interesting indeed.
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:31 PM
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10. Bill Bennett's brother is Miller's lawyer.
The world is so small, it's incestuous.
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FourStarDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:05 PM
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19. I believe he was also Bill Clinton's lawyer during the impeachmt hearings
Bob's a longtime Washington insider.
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:10 PM
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20. And DeLay's lawyer was David Koresh's lawyer.
It's a very small world. I hadn't realized Bob Bennett was Clinton's lawyer.
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:33 PM
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11. Bennett was on Hardball
and made it clear her testimony was restricted to Libby, nothing else.
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:02 PM
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13. I wonder why he didn't do that on Wolf's show. How did that take
up 4 hours? Oh, well.
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:10 PM
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14. Strange, eh?
I didn't see CNN. But while he did not dwell on it, he did make clear there was the essential agreement with Fitzgerald, where only the conversation(s) with Libby could be discussed. I do not think that it is odd that that would take four hours.

I am not implying that I believe a word out of Bennett's mouth. He could be telling Matthews the truth, or lying. Clearly, when one considers that Matthews was one of the journalists that Rove called, we know that their discussions are scripted and hardly frank.
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Beetwasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:25 PM
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16. I Think He's Lying
Although, it is quite possible that was all Fitz needed anyway.

I have a feeling Miller was merely icing that smoothed things out. She was probably protecting herself, NOT her source and Fitz threatened her w/ criminal contempt and tempted her with some sort of immunity for her crime(s) for her testimony and so she finally decided to give it up.
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:37 PM
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18. Sounds very likely.
He might not need to ask her as much before a grand jury as he will when the cases go to court.
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:51 PM
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12. The Entire Valerie Plame Matter is enough to get Cheney & Bush
and then there is always later trials!!!
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Tatiana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:33 PM
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17. I, like Arianna, think Judy herself was one source of the leak on Plame.
I think she helped peddle the story to other reporters. They were smart, however, and did not print the info.

Then Rove got involved because the WH got desperate. Novak was the only sucker who would print the disclosure.
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melody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:38 AM
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21. Billy's racist rant might have been something to get the media off Plame
Edited on Sat Oct-01-05 12:39 AM by melody
Obviously not one of the brighter peoples' idea, but maybe. Brother helping brother...rather too coincidental for my taste.

Edited for typorama, as usual.
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Festivito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:30 PM
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26. Or, smokescreen against source(S) being plural.
Did she testify about her MULTIPLE sources? Or, does this carefully worded revelation keep us from discussing that obvious inconsistancy.

"Broader than Libby" can mean just about anything.
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