The Plamegate plot thickens yet again in today's NYT:
I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, first learned about the C.I.A. officer at the heart of the leak investigation in a conversation with Mr. Cheney weeks before her identity became public in 2003, lawyers involved in the case said Monday.The Times's story goes on to explain that this may or may not complicate the legal case. What it does clearly complicate, however, is the political claim that the White House was cooperating in full with the investigation (as per Bush's public request).(more in expanded post)
Notes of the previously undisclosed conversation between Mr. Libby and Mr. Cheney on June 12, 2003, appear to differ from Mr. Libby's testimony to a federal grand jury that he initially learned about the C.I.A. officer, Valerie Wilson, from journalists, the lawyers said.
From Steve Clemens via Daily Kos:
First of all, this means that Vice President Cheney has known all along that he was Scooter Libby's source -- and whether Libby had license from him or not to try and slaughter the reputation of Joe Wilson -- CHENEY KNEW.So, while we will see whether or not there was a full blown cover up or obstruction of justice, the fact that the Vice President knew things that apparently were not, let's say, actively share, points to a guilty conscience. Also, has anyone noticed that the leaks from "lawyers surrounding the case" have increasingly pointed toward the Vice President's office? And, that there were really no such leaks until recently? Is Patrick Fitzgerald trying to soften the ground for a veep indictment? Questions are fun, but when the heck are we going to have some answers!?
The entire charade of President Bush stating that he wanted to get to the bottom of who leaked Plame's name -- and who was involved -- is no longer believable at any level. Cheney would not have failed to disclose this to Bush, and Bush played along as if none of his staff were involved. They confessed nothing -- accepted no responsibilty -- until forced by Fitzgerald.