Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Do Not F@*$ With The Fitz


Today has been interesting to say the least now that Bob Woodward has thrown his hat in the ring. As the day dragged on I started wondering just how much money Libby is paying his hotshot attorney Ted Wells. However much it is, he should probably reconsider when signing his next check over to Wells.

The reason I give this advice to Libby is because of the legal stumbling on the part of Wells today. His weak attempt to form a mountain out of an ant hill came today in front of reporters on a rainy Washington, DC night.

From the astute Mr. Keith Olbermann:
"Wells issued a statement at midday, the key passage of which concludes that Woodward’s "disclosure shows that Mr. Fitzgerald’s statement at his press conference of October 28, 2005 that Mr. Libby was the first government official to tell a reporter about Mr. Wilson’s wife was totally inaccurate."

But Fitzgerald never said that.

The transcript of Fitzgerald’s news conference is not disputed — nobody from his office has called up trying to get it altered after the fact. On October 28, Fitzgerald actually said: "Mr. Libby was the first government official known to have told a reporter" about Ambassador Joe Wilson’s wife.

"The first government official known to have told…" is a huge difference from "The first government official to tell…"

I agree with Olbermann completely. In bowling terms, that's a nice pick up by Keith on Well's 7-10 split.

However, not everyone thinks that Keith is free and clear with his conclusion.

"Later in his press conference, Fitzgerald says this:

At the end of the day what appears is that Mr. Libby's story that he was at the tail end of a chain of phone calls, passing on from one reporter what he heard from another, was not true.

It was false. He was at the beginning of the chain of phone calls, the first official to disclose this information outside the government to a reporter. And then he lied about it afterwards, under oath and repeatedly.

That looks a bit light just now."

Just to muck things up further, I have to say that I disagree with Tom Maguire here. This is just more of Fitzgerald leaving the doors open. The word "beginning" does not have a singular connotation in this case.

To help make my point, I submit the following picture of the "beginning" of the last New York Marathon: