Skip to comments.Reporter Disputes Ari Fleischer's Testimony at CIA Leak Trial (David Gregory told of Wilson's wife)
Posted on 01/30/2007 9:29:01 AM PST by tobyhill
WASHINGTON A former Time Magazine correspondent says former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer got it wrong when he testified under oath Monday at the CIA leak trial that he disclosed to the journalist the identity of a secret CIA operative.
"I assumed that in some context, my name would come up," John Dickerson, Slate Magazine's chief political correspondent, told FOXNews.com on his way Tuesday to cover the trial. "I didn't realize it would come up in that fashion."
Fleischer took the stand Monday to answer questions in the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney. Libby is charged with perjury and obstruction relating to the investigation of who outed CIA operative Valerie Plame.
Fleischer also testified that he first heard about Plame from Libby over lunch on July 7, 2003. Libby says he first learned about Plame on July 10 from NBC reporter Tim Russert.
Dickerson said he was surprised when he heard his name and his photo popped up on the big screen in the courtroom when Fleisher took the stand.
"I was at the Scooter Libby trial to cover it, and all of a sudden, I found myself in the middle of the case," Dickerson wrote.
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I think it might have been that T-shirt that says "Hang 'em All!"
I am sure I told everyone in the press at one point that Plame worked for the CIA and that was somewhere before or after she outed herself ten years before Scooter did or did he. I just can't remember.
That's the reason Fitzgerald insisted that this shouldn't even be mentioned in this trial - that's why defense should impeach his reasons and motives for the "investigation" that should have never started...
Nifong-ing Fitzgerald should be part of defense strategy
I think it was when they asked me if I could put aside my feelings about cocaine to give the "defendant" a fair trial and I said no.
They seemed astounded.
My feeling exactley. I wish we could get the transcripts of all the people saying that purgery is really not a crime when it came to Wild Bill Clinton.
Exactly! Valerie Plame Wilson was running round getting her picture taken, trying to look like a sleazy Sharon Stone. On that she did a fairly good job.
Seems like there was a lot of reading and talking going on with that plane trip where someone left that memo lying around. (I haven't bothered working hard to keep track of details since this turned into broad farce...)
If she's not covered by the Covert Personnel statute, isn't this more like drawing 'first lymph'??? LOL
But Libby has worked both sides of lots of aisles, he has enemies that are more secret than Mrs. Wilson, I would suspect. ;-)
It was made clear earlier that Ari was already on his way out because he was getting married and had a job offer.
The people who were sure they had 'leaked' before Novak's column have all resigned, haven't they?
I guess Bush didn't lie... ;-)
Judy Miller up next
Is that a bad thing? I suppose if its big trial being on the jury isn't so bad. As long as you know the truth before the trial starts. LOL
I think you're right.
Gee whiz, I think I saw her listed in Howard Hunt's "date book" ~ but who knows eh?!
It was repealed when ronnie earle was elected as the Travis Co. DA the first time. /sarcasm
The prosecutor is a Democrat, and he knows that only Republicans pay taxes.
No, no, no. I was in D.C. that day having lunch at The Willard with my brother and he confided in me that Ari was pregnant and he said he heard it from Andrea Mitchell or somebody else who drinks too much.
Howlin's letter carrier was Jimmy Carter's cousin.
He did so without objection.
First thing they asked him for were his "reporter's notes" which he gladly handed over.
Richard said he had dyslyxia and writer's cramp (actual maladies that really do make your meaningless writing unreadable) so bad that even he couldn't read his notes once they were no longer "fresh".
Here we are finding that Richard is not alone ~ these reporters have gotten so used to keyboards they can no longer "take notes" that mean anything to anybody, and there go all the dates.
Fitzgerald should have read Cohen's commentaries on notes.
If I have to testify can I bring my wife with me? She remebers everything I ever said!
My wife only remembers the bad stuff
My translation of that statement is that Dickerson has destroyed any notes on the matter and is distancing himeslf from the whole affair as best he can...
And everything you didn't say!
If the jury can't remember who said what to whom and when, how in heavens are they going to vote "guilty" for anyone else?
What happened to Sam Brownback?
It's time to come clean! My birthday is July 7th. I turned 50 on 7/7/03. As a birthday gift to myself I outed Valerie Plame.
It looks like I posted on the wrong thread. They were discussing Sam Brownback on the Rush Limbaugh live thread.
"But Libby has worked both sides of lots of aisles, he has enemies that are more secret than Mrs. Wilson, I would suspect. ;-)"
Yes, he does :~)
In case you missed this:
I don't think Ari was a rich man. He wasn't a politician either, so he had to pay his own lawyer, which could be very expensive.
It was smart for him to get immunity and then tell the truth. So assuming he IS telling the truth as he knows it, I don't fault him for it.
This should come only after defense called all the media and State and CIA whores... er, witnesses and get their testimony on the record, not before.
Fitz didn't have a case since Day 1, he created it from the whole cloth.
Tony Snow didn't replace Ari, and that is a pity. He replaced Scotts his name.
May 20, 2003
Press secretary to leave in July
I find it VERY interesting that Ari's lawyer is Bob Bennett.
Ari was leaving White House, and as one who regularly "talked" to reporters he had every reason and every right to request immunity from overzealous prosecutor in exchange for testimony (i.e., he pulled "an Ollie").
His testimony didn't give anything to prosecution that we didn't already know from documents and other witnesses - Libby KNEW Plame's identity when he talked to him, so what? Fitz is trying to crime-monger this to the jury, and it keeps backfiring at every turn because defense keeps successfully hammering at his witnesses' memory and recollections.
She parked her car everyday in the CIA employee parking lot, so most people probably weren't aware that it was some big state secret that she worked there.
I don't know about Gregory yet, but it looks like Fitzy is gonna have to indict either John Dickerson of Ari Fleischer--maybe he should just indict them both, try them together, and let the jury sort it out. One of them has GOT to be lying because the V. Plame deal was such a matter of all consuming, titantic, monumental importance, it could NEVER be a matter of faulty memory (except apparently with every single prosecution witness called so far).
Yep, I read that thread.
Libby was Rich's lawyer in the early years of seeking a pardon...
Who knows who he has po'd in the past.
But they're mostly hoping he will provide access to Cheney's neck, imo.
Valerie Plame was named after the first person to climb Mt. Everest-- Lady Edwina Plame-Hillary.
It was pseudonym, you know, to protect the *real* first climber's identity!
I knew that, but thanks. I thought him to be a very ineffectual spokesman, consequently, a what's his name.
"I don't know about Gregory yet, but it looks like Fitzy is gonna have to indict either John Dickerson of Ari Fleischer.."
Have you already forgotten about Ari's plea agreement? Just in case you have, it granted him immunity from prosecution.
That was rhetorical, right? (you know the answer)
True, but the plea bargain doesn't cover perjury on the witness stand during the trial. He says he told Dickerson and Dickerson says 'no way'--so since faulty memories can't happen (according to fitzy) then we have a liar.
Yea it was rhetorical. I think MSNBC owes their loyal liberal viewers an explanation and an apology for hyping up a Rove indictment that never came.
Because Ari made a deal with Fitzgerald.
Matthews wife was news anchor at channel 7 in DC for over 20 years, and she and Matthews were in Washington Society, so I can't believe they had never heard of Joe and Valerie Plame Wilson! Those two egotists (the Wilsons), I think, would want to be noticed wherever and whenever they could.
I do believe Andrea Mitchell spoke the truth when she said 'reporters knew Wilson's wife worked at the CIA', and I will not be surprised if it is revealed, but denied, that Tim Russert did, in fact, know of and about Valerie Plame. His wife is an investigative reporter with Vanity Fair and other publications, so they move in the "right" social circles in DC also. I can't believe they didn't take a look at the Wilson's when Joe's article that started all of this was published!