Sweetness and Light has Fitzgerald dead to rights:

And again today Mr. Fitzgerald went out of his way to answer some of the reporters’ questions with similarly artfully constructed but very misleading answers.

He began with the first question, which I have transcribed here from the C-SPAN video:

Unidentified Reporter: Sir, there’s been a lot of criticism for the last couple of months that Rich Armitage has come forward and said he was the first leaker. And that you knew that from the beginning. Do you think this now justifies your investigation? And what do you have to say to those critics?

Mr. Fitzgerald: I would say this. It’s not the verdict that justifies the investigation. It’s the facts. And if people would step back and look at what happened here. When the investigation began in the fall of 2003, and then we got appointed to the special counsel at the end of December 2003.

What is now clear is what we knew at that time. By that point in time we knew Mr. Libby had told a story. That what he had told reporters had come not from other government officials, but from reporter Tim Russert.

It’s also now public that by that point in time the FBI had learned that in fact Tim Russert did not tell Mr. Libby that information. In fact, Tim Russert didn’t know it. Tim Russert could not have told him.

And for us, as investigators and prosecutors, to take a case where a high level official is telling a story that the basis of his information wasn’t from government officials but came from a reporter — the reporter had told us that was not true — other officials had told us that the information came from them — we could not walk away from that…

Surely the point of the reporter’s question was Mr. Libby was prosecuted for a “process crime” that only occurred after the Department of Justice already knew Mr. Richard Armitage was the source for Mr. Robert Novak’s column exposing Ms. Plame’s employment at the CIA.

And, lest we forget, the Department of Justice and Special Counsel Fitzgerald were only tasked by the government to find out who was the source of that leak to Bob Novak.

Mr. Fitzgerald’s roundabout answer seems to be carefully constructed to mislead the casual listener into thinking that Mr. Libby perjured himself before anyone at the DoJ knew Mr. Armitage was Mr. Novak’s source. But that of course is simply untrue.

Read the rest of the post. It seems Fitzgerald is a deliberate and evasive liar. Yet it’s Libby that went down, largely on the testimony of Russert who somehow convinced the jury he was credible.

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