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Russert Has Credibility Problems Exposed During His Libby Trial Testimony

Cross examination of Tim Russert during the Libby trial revealed some interesting (and troubling for Russert) information.

In sum, Wells established that (a) the FBI report of his conversations (they say he had two, he only recalls one) made far closer in time to the event indicate he conceded that Ms. Wilson's name may have come up in their conversation though he earlier discounted that as "impossible" (b) In a heated matter involving the Buffalo News, his own memory was faulty. He'd made two angry calls to a critical reporter, denied that he had, and then, after checking his phone records, apologized, asserting he had no memory whatsoever of the calls, and (c) while making an impassioned plea for the right of reporters to protect the confidentiality of sources, he'd already twice discussed the Libby exchanges with the FBI and failed to disclose that to the Court or the public.

From a filing by the prosecutor last evening trying to block inquiry into the accommodations made to Russert for his (total of 22 minutes) deposition testimony in his lawyer's offices, it appears that while this last point was not specifically noted in any pleadings I can see, the defense was provided with the FBI notes which provided some notice to them of the discrepancies in the NBC public pleading and that it contained a false suggestion that Russert had not already cooperated with the government. It is not clear that this Court, or the Court which determined the related case on the reporters' obligation to testify, was ever informed that the Russert filing was false.

Read all of Clarice Feldman's report, which includes details of the testimony, at The American Thinker. Link via Lucianne.

Update: If not for Clarice Feldman, Tom Maguire, and some conservative (and even some liberal) bloggers Bob Cox was able to get credentialed, we might not know what was really going on in the Libby trial. We certainly would not know if we were only reading the Washington Post.

Update II: Here is an AP story that reports some of the problems with Russert's testimony.


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Comments (60)

Since much of the case agai... (Below threshold)

Since much of the case against Libby is based on his recolections/testimony being different from Russert's... WOW.
I hope the prosecution all got some milk of magnesia in their Fitzmas stockings.

Definately a few "Oh My" mo... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves:

Definately a few "Oh My" moments there.

I also commend to one and all the ongoing coverage of this by Tom McGuire over at Just One Minute.

Sausage, laws, and press reports...

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Timmy's huffing and puffing... (Below threshold)

Timmy's huffing and puffing about preserving 'confidentiality' has been proven to be nothing but stale hot air.

He was willing to violate any confidentiality to 'get' Libby, but then lied about the conversations when he made legally-binding statements to the court.

Since not remembering conversations is considered to be 'perjury' in the eyes of Fitzgerald, when will Russert be brought up on charges of lying about his statements to the FBI?

I love it!!! First this ne... (Below threshold)

I love it!!! First this news, the exposure of the Edwards hate speech bloggers and the networks are FINALLY covering the Nancy Pelosi plane scandal.

Long live the blogs and Fox News!!!

Good times, good times.

About (a): Russert insisted... (Below threshold)

About (a): Russert insisted the words in the FBI report, i.e. "may have come up" are not his. Instead, the agent was paraphrasing, badly. We'll see if the defense calls the agent involved to the stand. Regardless, every witness with firsthand knowledge of Plame/Wilson, got that knowledge from Scooter instead of vice versa as Scooter's alibi requires and how he had testified to the grand jury.

First this news, the exp... (Below threshold)

First this news, the exposure of the Edwards hate speech bloggers and the networks are FINALLY covering the Nancy Pelosi plane scandal.

Mmm, yes finally. Wait!

White House defends Pelosi plane request

Edwards to Keep Bloggers Who Regret Anti-Catholic Postings


No fair, Mantis - I was dri... (Below threshold)

No fair, Mantis - I was drinking coffee. Now it's EVERYWHERE... lol

I look forward to Kim updating and bumping her Pelosi smear campaign to make this correction.

and the bloggers were warned by Edwards' office to not run with the story they thought they had on the firing -- but no, let's now wait for the facts - that's soooo "MSM" - let's jump in and lie and smear -- and by the time the truth comes out the damage is done.

So glad Jo took the opportunity to take this thread off-topic -- it's unlikely the correction and truth would be read here otherwise.

High fives for the libbies!

Just try and leave the seat... (Below threshold)

Just try and leave the seat up in Pelosi's plane!

You know, mantis, the wizba... (Below threshold)

You know, mantis, the wizbangers remind me of a cook. Everyday they cook up a big pot of nonsense, sprinkle a bit of hyperbole, mix in a cup of lies, with a dash of faux outrage, in a sauce of righteous comdemnation.

And at the end of the day it all turns to s**t.

So let me understand: Lee/M... (Below threshold)

So let me understand: Lee/Mantis - you guys are ecstatic that perhaps the real scoop on Pelosi's screw-ups (on her way to being the Socialist Queen) is not being run by the MSM after all. I'm beginning to believe you guys arent real libs, but Mercenary Libs. Someone should cut off your amenities.


Yes, because Michelle Malki... (Below threshold)

Yes, because Michelle Malkin can be trusted to get to the bottom of a scandal that the MSM can't touch.

Oh yea, then there's this problem that the White House defended Pelosi...

I'm not sure what you're re... (Below threshold)

I'm not sure what you're referring to gc. I think the story just broke this morning, and is seems to be getting out there. I'm ok with that.

It's a good time for Malkin... (Below threshold)

It's a good time for Malkin's patented "The-baby-made-me-ill-so-I'm-going-to-bed-for-three-days posts.

I for one am glad Edwards d... (Below threshold)

I for one am glad Edwards didn't fire them. Now they won't just dissappear and be forgotten. Although something tells me they will still fade into a less public position. So this is the guy that libs expect to be a strong leader, and he can't even stand up to the threat of "vicious rants" and "action alerts"!! Hilarious. And of COURSE we got their typical, liberal, non-apology apology, "I'm sorry if you were offended". Just like barney nailed earlier.

So let's see if I get this ... (Below threshold)

So let's see if I get this straight. Amnada Marcotte writes:

"What if Mary had taken Plan B after the Lord filled her with his hot, white, sticky Holy Spirit?"

And then says:

"My intention is never to offend anyone for his or her personal beliefs, and I am sorry if anyone was personally offended by writings meant only as criticisms of public politics." (my emphasis).

So shorter Marcotte is:

"fuck you, Christofascists. I can say anything I want, and if you don't like it, you're a fascist. Suck God's thick hairy cock, wingnuts!"

And you people are glad Silky Pony is keeping her and McEwen?

And you wonder why Democrats have a problem connecting with religious folk. There really is no depth to which you loathsome asshats won't sink.

getting back to the Libby t... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

getting back to the Libby trial...it is clear Lorie has not read the transcripts of Scooter's Grand Jury testimony...We will see how the jury decides..
Remember..this trial is not about Valarie P., it is about Scooter lying...

note #1..ya all jumped to conclusions based on a report from lefty site Salon..you should have known better..

Note #2...Nancy was right(by the way what is going on with "cut-n-run" Delay?)

Note #3
"11 dead in two days while GOP Senators prevent debate."

yep..takin' it to the inner city is working out...

...I will just mention over 360 TONS of cash flown over and give out by Bremer who Bush gave the Medal of Freedom...

Don't any of the hardcore posters here find ANY fault?

Let me clarify my own posit... (Below threshold)

Let me clarify my own position. First, I don't believe most voters will be at all aware of what bloggers are working on what campaigns, and probably won't care if they are. Second, if the Breck Girl (love that nickname) were to win the Democratic primary, I wouldn't vote for him, so I'm hoping he won't be the candidate on the left. Third, I find the self-importance of bloggers on both sides hilarious, so this whole debacle is quite amusing to me. I hope it continues.

oh yeah "And you wonder why... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

oh yeah "And you wonder why Democrats have a problem connecting with religious folk. There really is no depth to which you loathsome asshats won't sink."

...is it your claim that "religious" folk did not help vote the clear majority of Dems in the House?
By the way..what do your religious folks think about Rudy? ...I can cut and paste what Focus on Family thinks about McCain...So your religious folks disapprove of the top two Republican Candidates...

I for one am hoping that Ed... (Below threshold)

I for one am hoping that Edwards is the demo candidate. I would really want that. ww

I feel the same way about G... (Below threshold)

I feel the same way about Guiliani, WW. Infinitely beatable.

Nogo, Let me try to... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Let me try to explain slowly again. Let me use an example: just wrt the Iraq war, the majority of the Reps in the Senate were for victory in Iraq (there are a minority who wants to cut and run). On the other hand, the majority of Dems are for defeat (or cut and run) in Iraq. You have one exception in Lieberman. So picking Hagel as your poster Rep child on the war in Iraq is definitely not representative. And that 's what I call propaganda from the liberal MSM.
The same with religious issues. Obviously not all Reps are on the same page with the religious folks. But the Dems as a whole are definitely anti-religious (esp the christian religion) folks. Just look at the actions of the liberal left and you can know. Citing a few known pro-choice Reps like Rudy doesn't make your arg. This is the perfection fallacy. Hope you get it this time.

BTW, Pelosi has proven to b... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

BTW, Pelosi has proven to be hypocritical, incompetent. I don't know who would want to believe her words. Probably the liberals who want to defend her at any cost. The fact that liberals still go to the mat for this arrogant, elist, hypocritical liberal leader tells us much about the honesty of the liberal left.

BTW, the left seems to have no problems wrt the lies from Wilson and Valerie P. They seem to support lying and cronyism. Just another example of the honesty of the liberal left again.

You forgot the "moral sewag... (Below threshold)

You forgot the "moral sewage."

Is there any doubt about wh... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Is there any doubt about what the nutroots would be saying if Marcotte had aimed her potty-mouth at Mohammed? Is there any doubt about what those same folks would say if a Republican candidate hired Ann Coulter? F'n hypocrites.

BTW, LoveAmericaImmigrant, ... (Below threshold)

BTW, LoveAmericaImmigrant, I've noticed that seem to do everything in "twos". You almost always post two comments back to back, and often the comments are broken into two, as was the case on each of these. Why is that? Does your psychiatrist have an opinion?

Sure mantis, The li... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Sure mantis,
The liberal left is in the intellectual and moral sewage. That 's my conclusion and I stand by it. The actions of the liberal left confirm my conclusion.

Lee, simple explana... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

simple explanation: I don't have time to post all the times. So I post when I can, and sometimes I don't remember all the points. So I need additional posts. What is your problem? Try to sidestep the facts and logic again?

ACCK! I wrote two sentences... (Below threshold)

ACCK! I wrote two sentences, which were followed by two questions -- it's contagious ACKK!


LoveAmerika Enemagrunt... (Below threshold)

LoveAmerika Enemagrunt

Why don't you look for another country to slime into, one that is just a tink closer to the Fascism of which you dream one day of goose-stepping to?

puke, Your juvenile... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Your juvenile posting confirms my conclusion that the liberal left is in an intellectual/moral sewage.

BTW, not sure you know hist... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

BTW, not sure you know history or anything. I just ran from a fascist/communist country. Facism and Communism and modern liberalism are variations of the same underlying philosophy: secular statism.

AAAAAAAACKKK!... (Below threshold)


LoveAmeriKa Enemagrunt... (Below threshold)

LoveAmeriKa Enemagrunt

You haven't the foggiest notion of Fascism, Liberalism or Communism.

You must be some distant relative of the Great Dermocratist, the Franco-educated Catholic Western puppet, Diem.

LoveAmerica Immigrant, What... (Below threshold)

LoveAmerica Immigrant, What do you mean things "seem"? Don't you know that Joe Wilson had made similar trips to Niger in the 90s and was the obvious choice to go again? And that his wife really did work in the counter-proliferation department of the agency? If the Cheney gang wasn't so obviously cooking up phoney intel in the pentagon (having suborned the DIA), the CIA may not have been so suspicious. Even the bureacrats working near the neocon slime in the pentagon could smell the fecal matter in the pot. Google Kriatkowski: she was in the office. I don't know where you came from, but the Social Contract is the way things work here.

Wilson is a known proven li... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Wilson is a known proven liar. And Valerie P. used her position to send her husband to Niger. No matter how you spin it, the liberals don't have any problem with lying and cronyism. Even Kerry dropped Wilson as an foreign policy advisor. Only the liberals who are still in the liberal sewage wouldn't know this. Now Pelosi is in full mode to exempt her connected SF based company from the minimum wage increase. Liberals will continue to defend the liar Wilson, his wife, and Pelosi.

Puke is a prime example of this sewage given his contentless posts. Note that Puke couldn't refute any point in my post. Puke hated Diem that much, so it means he has been a supporter of the evil communists. That shouldn't be a surprise given his liberal background. So Puke is a communist puppet from now on.

I've heard that supersspy P... (Below threshold)

I've heard that supersspy PlameWilson can not only see through buildings with their super x-ray vision, but can also turn steel into platinum with mind rays. What a shame these two superstars had to flee to Santa Fe because of the super-evil BushitlerCheneyHaliburtonRove. Our nation needs them now.

LoveAmeriKa Enemagrunt... (Below threshold)

LoveAmeriKa Enemagrunt

Just what was Wilson's lie? I hear it referenced all the time. Care to explain or elucidate just exactly what was the lie?

Scooter's trial is not abou... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Scooter's trial is not about who "outed" Wilson's wife...it is about if Scooter lied to the grand jury.
If any bothered to check the transcripts of the tape that was played this week you might find some problems facing Scooter and his defense?
Wilson's lie was under oath when he told the grand jury the first he heard about Wilson's wife was from Russert...

The transcript clearly shows this was not the case..

by the way...what Wilson did was publicly debunk the President who looked us in the eye and knowingly lied about yellowcake/Africa...

..unless of course you argue the Commander-in-Chief was out of the "loop".

Communist-puppet Puke,... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Communist-puppet Puke,

Somehow I can not post a link here. So here is a snippet from powerline


As has been widely reported, Wilson conducted a half-baked investigation into the uanium report. But here is the most astonishing fact uncovered by the Senate Intelligence Committee: in his book and in countless interviews and op-ed pieces over the past year, Wilson has been lying about the contents of his own report to the CIA!:

The report also said Wilson provided misleading information to The Washington Post last June. He said then that he concluded the Niger intelligence was based on documents that had clearly been forged because "the dates were wrong and the names were wrong."
"Committee staff asked how the former ambassador could have come to the conclusion that the 'dates were wrong and the names were wrong' when he had never seen the CIA reports and had no knowledge of what names and dates were in the reports," the Senate panel said. Wilson told the panel he may have been confused and may have "misspoken" to reporters. The documents -- purported sales agreements between Niger and Iraq -- were not in U.S. hands until eight months after Wilson made his trip to Niger.

Wilson's reports to the CIA added to the evidence that Iraq may have tried to buy uranium in Niger, although officials at the State Department remained highly skeptical, the report said.

Wilson said that a former prime minister of Niger, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, was unaware of any sales contract with Iraq, but said that in June 1999 a businessman approached him, insisting that he meet with an Iraqi delegation to discuss "expanding commercial relations" between Niger and Iraq -- which Mayaki interpreted to mean they wanted to discuss yellowcake sales. A report CIA officials drafted after debriefing Wilson said that "although the meeting took place, Mayaki let the matter drop due to UN sanctions on Iraq."

According to the former Niger mining minister, Wilson told his CIA contacts, Iraq tried to buy 400 tons of uranium in 1998.

So: what Wilson actually told the CIA, contrary to his own oft-repeated claims, is that he was told by the former mining minister of Niger that in 1998, Iraq had tried to buy 400 tons of uranium from that country, and that Iraq's overture was renewed the following year. What Wilson reported to the CIA was exactly the same as what President Bush said in his 2003 State of the Union address: there was evidence that Iraq had tried to buy uranium in Africa.

Of course I did not mean "W... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Of course I did not mean "Wilson's lie"..I meant Scooter's lie...

Nogo, You are drink... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

You are drinking too much from the liberal sewage to know that you are simply repeating a lie from a known liar. Even Kerry had to drop Wilson as his foreign policy advisor. Thanks again for proving my point that the liberal left cannot be honest and have to lie, distort etc... to sustain their claimed vision.

Only the liberals don't find it ironic that the real liars Wilson and his wife are not tried! I find it amusing when liberals talk about honesty and lying when they openly tolerate and support dishonesty and lying.

So much for outing a CIA ag... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

So much for outing a CIA agent who appeared on Vanity and got million dollar contract. Again, liberals are rewarding liars for their behaviors. If you are honest enough to admit that the liberals don't care about honesty and morality etc..., so we don't expect that from liberals. Then you can say since Reps/conversatives claim to care about these things, you have to be held to a higher standard. I can accept that.

AAAAAAAACKKK!... (Below threshold)


Ha ha ha ! Democrats are... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

Ha ha ha ! Democrats are having a hard time perpetrating and keeping their Party's multiple frauds , perpetual. Bwa ha ha! Now the same idiots that keep Democrats lies alive are looking like the fools that they are. What is "SPITS ON SELF" of Hardballs going to spittle about next?

The Democrat Party of liars ,incompetants and criminal frauds think they can hide from their own shadow and their lies and their own words won't come back to haunt them. They are typical criminals who never think they will get caught and when they do they just keep denying it even after convicted , paying fines or serving time they always proclaim they did nothing wrong. LOL, Liars to the grave these low lifes.

LoveAmeriKa Enemagrunt... (Below threshold)

LoveAmeriKa Enemagrunt

Sorry, you'll have to do something better than "Powerline." If your case is so clear, you ought to be able to come up w/ something apart from your diet of neo-Goebbels propaganda. No wonder you have the skewed ideas that you have.

communist-puppet Puke,<br /... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

communist-puppet Puke,
You can go read the committee report yourself. Now, using your own standard, I can discount all your links to the liberal sewage (the lying liberal websites, NYT, CNN, ABC, CBS, ... ie the entire lying liberal MSM). Can we use the same standard now?

This simply provides another example that liberals cannot face the truth about a known liar Wilson since their entire arg and campaign is found to be based on a lie.

No surprise here. You don't want the truth in any case since you cannot find that in the liberal sewage.

To make Lee happy, i have t... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

To make Lee happy, i have to post another one. Lee has to face the truth that the liberal left is promoting and defending a known liar right on this forum.

Puke, We tell you to st... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

Puke, We tell you to stop eating your own shit and putting your hand in the fire. It will make you sick and you'll get burnt. You continue to do it anyways. You get sick and burnt and as you wipe the puke from your face with your unburnt hand you call us liars.

Keep eating shit and getting burnt , it's good for you, enjoy, yummy!

Not to add fuel to the embe... (Below threshold)

Not to add fuel to the embers,
the wapo misread the senate intel committe report on the wilson lies:
IRAN tried to buy the 400 tons of yellowcake in 1998.
IRAQ tried to secretly buy yellowcake in 1999.
The Wapo did issue a retraction on that. As did powerline, and all others. If the Wapo and powerline agree... well...
Regardless, Wilson is a known liar. From what he found in Niger, to whom he said recommended him for the task (his wife!), he is unfamiliar with the truth. Also, the recent revelations about documentation hidden from the senate commitee proving Wilson was already tasked by CIA the DAY BEFORE Cheney's memo wanting more answers... proves Wilson lied in his book about the timeline.
Look, libs, this idiot Wilson lied backwards and forwards. Its been proven over and over and over. By going to the mat for this pathological liar you make yourselves look incapable of an honest discussion. What's wrong with you libs? Do you hate Bush THAT much? Is hating Bush the only guiding principle you have? Just cause Gore couldn't steal the election in 2000?

Micah, Thanks for t... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Thanks for the correction. You can see the difference in behavior between Bush and the liberals like Pelosi. Lee made a big deal about the White House defending Pelosi. This shows that the white house has some class. Can you imagine the Dems like Pelosi would defend Bush against liars like Wilson? Huge difference in front of our eyes.

LoveAmStyle,No, I ca... (Below threshold)

No, I can't imagine Clinton, especially sHillary, being gracious to a 'perceived' enemy.
Bush has class, and he is a Christian. This is most likely why the looney left hate him.
I have some serious frustrations with shrub on the border issue, and his unwillingness to enforce the border laws, but I'll try to keep my frustrations and comments clean (and coherent).

Micah, My hat to yo... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

My hat to you. No problem here. Same frustration with Bush on the border issue and spending. Excuse my incoherence though.

nogo p' when did you crawl ... (Below threshold)

nogo p' when did you crawl out of your hole?

Sorry Lorie,You lo... (Below threshold)

Sorry Lorie,

You lost me after the 3rd word of the title..

Russert Has Credibility..

Joe Wilson has been found t... (Below threshold)

Joe Wilson has been found to be a liar by the senate panel. And since the WaPo announced him recently as a liar, Wilson hasn't been showing his face around much. Good idea.

Geeze you people really need to get informed.

"What's wrong with you libs... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

"What's wrong with you libs? Do you hate Bush THAT much? Is hating Bush the only guiding principle you have? Just cause Gore couldn't steal the election in 2000?"

They hate him because they "COVET" what he has. They lust and fiend for what is not theirs. They what to take it away from him especially without merit. They get off on it. They would rather steal an election than genuinely deserve to win it.

"I an going to "TAKE" those profits..."

"We are going to "TAKE" things from you for ..."

Get it yet? Criminals take things that don't belong to them. They steal for the thrill and the POWER. That what democrats love more than anything.

Russert was on the Today Sh... (Below threshold)

Russert was on the Today Show this morning (Feb. 9, 2007). Not a word was mentioned about his contradicted statements or his outing of his "confidential sources." Instead, they claimed in a matter-of-fact way that it was Libby who outed Plame and Russert was shocked! ...shocked I tell you to hear that Libby pointed the finger at him.

"Lee made a big deal abo... (Below threshold)

"Lee made a big deal about the White House defending Pelosi. "

No, Lee made a big deal about Tony Snow, under pressure from Pelosi's office to do "the right thing", admitting publicly that the Republicans were lying and spreading their Bullsh*t.

That hasn't slowed your BS down one bit.

Lee, any proof of Pelosi pr... (Below threshold)

Lee, any proof of Pelosi pressuring Bush to do it?

Story sounds like BS.
...Bush, unlike the left, has class. He'd be infinitely more popular if he'd be cut throat and vicious to his enemies as the left is to theirs...

Did you say cut the thro... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

Did you say cut the throats? Ah well , one can only hope .






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