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Key Witness: Prosecutor Manipulated Me Into Falsely Testifying Against Scooter Libby
The Weekly Standard ^ | 4-7-15 | Fred Barnes

Posted on 04/07/2015 11:32:54 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

Judith Miller, the former New York Times reporter, has blown a big hole in the case against Lewis “Scooter” Libby, convicted of lying to avoid blame for outing a CIA agent. Miller was a key witness in Libby’s trial, but in her new book she has repudiated her testimony.

Libby was “railroaded in his conviction” by Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald, she said in an interview on Fox News yesterday.

In her book, The Story: A Reporter’s Journey, she writes that Fitzgerald cajoled her into testifying in 2007 that Libby had told her Valerie Plame, the wife of a critic of President George W. Bush and the war in Iraq, was a CIA officer. This undermined Libby’s own testimony and contributed significantly to his conviction for obstruction of justice, making a false statement, and perjury.

“I was the only reporter to state that Libby had discussed Wilson’s wife,” Miller writes. Wilson, a retired diplomat, had been sent at his wife’s suggestion to Niger to find if Iraq officials had sought to buy uranium there. Wilson said they hadn’t, thus disputing what Bush had said in his 2003 State of the Union Address.

“So my testimony, Fitzgerald said in his closing arguments, was crucial to the case against Libby,” according to Miller. “It was also crucial to Fitzgerald’s assertion that the vice president had been involved, since Libby had told the grand jury that [Dick] Cheney had approved his suggestion that he discuss the intelligence estimate about Iraq and WMD with me.”

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Talk about being a day late and a dollar short! Why didn't you speak up before, Judy? Were you saving it for a book?
1 posted on 04/07/2015 11:32:54 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Is she admitted she lied under oath? Is she stupid?


2 posted on 04/07/2015 11:36:28 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: afraidfortherepublic

OK Judy. Did you go to Scooter and apologize for screwing up his life?

I didn’t think so.

More hollow words from a “journalist.”


3 posted on 04/07/2015 11:40:57 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Not necessarily.

I belive that Libby can now file to have his conviction overturned due to prosecutorial malfeasance. Like Ted Stevens did.

In fact, having his sentance commuted rather than being pardoned by Bush works to his advantage here. AND it opens the door to a direct suit against Fitzgerald.


4 posted on 04/07/2015 11:41:03 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: afraidfortherepublic

And Judith Miller was compelled to wait until her book was finished to say this, right?


5 posted on 04/07/2015 11:42:08 AM PDT by Obadiah (Israel had King Manasseh, America has Obama.)
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To: austinaero

She’s claiming that she was tricked into unknowingly providing false testimony. Which is different than lying under oath/perjury in an act of commission.

The responsibility here lies on the prosecutor, not her.


6 posted on 04/07/2015 11:43:22 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: austinaero

The statute of limitations for perjury on the Federal level is three years.


7 posted on 04/07/2015 11:43:29 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("In a democracy people get the leaders they deserve." - Joseph de Maistre, 1753-1821)
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To: tanknetter

Libby was fined $250,000, and as a convicted felon, he has been disbarred from practicing law and cannot vote.


8 posted on 04/07/2015 11:43:34 AM PDT by Abby4116
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To: Abby4116

Correct. He can now sue to have that conviction overturned and his rights restored.

He can also go after Fitzgerald for all sorts of damages. Think of Fitzgerald as Gaelic for “Nifong”


9 posted on 04/07/2015 11:47:38 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Exactly. Real courageous of you to say this now, Judith. I guess its better than never saying anything.


10 posted on 04/07/2015 11:53:40 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I wonder if Fitz threatened her about what would happen if she refused to interpret “Bureau” the way he wanted. He’s pond-scum either way, and I hope he gets taken to the cleaners.


11 posted on 04/07/2015 11:59:40 AM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: Sooth2222

Three years after the conviction or three years after it is discovered?


12 posted on 04/07/2015 12:01:14 PM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: fatnotlazy

Is President Bush going to apologized for throwing Scooter under the bus? No pardon for Scooter, either.


13 posted on 04/07/2015 12:04:58 PM PDT by donna (Pray for Revival)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

A manipulative Democrat prosecutor? Is there one that isn’t? Criminals all I would venture to guess.


14 posted on 04/07/2015 12:06:14 PM PDT by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

AND WHY HASN’T KARL ROVE RESIGNED OVER THIS YET?

(I remember that as the ONLY thing on the reporter’s minds, fortunately Rove was not quite useless yet)


15 posted on 04/07/2015 12:07:12 PM PDT by Mr. K (“Imma go out like muthafking Tupac muh n-word yeah bleeved dat”)
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To: austinaero

She is stupid.


16 posted on 04/07/2015 12:08:16 PM PDT by freedom1st
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To: afraidfortherepublic

You SAID IT! What a snake.

A book royalty brings conscience? A snake, still.


17 posted on 04/07/2015 1:04:09 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming)
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To: tanknetter

Fitzgerald. Chicago. Democrat.

No, nothing suspicious there.


18 posted on 04/07/2015 1:07:19 PM PDT by DPMD
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To: tanknetter

Oh, no it doesn’t preclude her from responsibility.

She only now deduces that she has been “tricked”? Only now after the statutes of limitations has been effected? Only now with a book advance under her belt, and more big money to come? She should have been kicking and screaming on behalf of her book’s protagonist long, long ago, before it was profitable, before the statute of limitations.


19 posted on 04/07/2015 1:09:44 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This woman was on CBS Morning show today with Charlie Rose and the associate women hosts and there was no mention of Scooter Libby, just the subject of how Bush, and particularly Cheney, were mad-dog War Mongers and led America into an illegitimate war.
Fella tis tpress.


20 posted on 04/07/2015 1:42:08 PM PDT by BilLies (March was Black History Month. ...Seen any praise for the White Union Dead who made it possible?)
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