Tuesday :: Oct 4, 2005

Scooter Libby Now Says Judy Kneepads' Jail Time Was Unnecessary

by Steve

"You went to jail in the summer. It is fall now. Out West, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them. Come back to work -- and life."
--A letter from Scooter to his pal Judy Kneepads

Poor Judy Kneepads; now the White House is blaming her for her own incarceration.

It appears that Miller wasn’t in jail all this time to protect a source. She was in jail all this time because her attorneys and her paper thought her source Scooter Libby had given a coerced waiver that was against his interests. And Judy Kneepads wanted above all else to protect her good buddy Scooter from being set up by his employer to take the fall, so she went to jail until he told her directly that it was OK to come clean with Patrick Fitzgerald. Anything to the contrary from the White House now is "spin", according to Miller.

Except now her buddy Scooter and his attorney are telling Miller’s attorney and the Times that they gave such an uncoerced waiver to Miller a year ago. According to this "spin", Libby has wanted Miller to testify all this time because such testimony would actually help Libby show Fitzgerald that it wasn’t Libby who leaked Valerie Plame’s identity to several reporters, but rather someone else. Libby is telling his buddy Judy Kneepads that she went to jail unnecessarily because of her attorney’s mistake, and that he found out about this mistake when Fitzgerald of all people asked Libby’s attorney in a recent communication if it was true that Miller still had not received an uncoerced waiver from Libby.

So according to the White House "spin" as Miller describes it, Libby hasn't been afraid of anything that Miller would testify to about their conversations. Miller on the other hand obviously thought that something she would tell Fitzgerald would make Libby's life difficult. Libby feels comfortable that Fitzgerald will find that he wasn't the source who told reporters about Plame's identity, contrary to what Judy was worried about. And who again does Libby work for?

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