Sidney, It Is Rude To Point...
The prosecutor points at Cheney
"That cloud" was like the sudden appearance of a thunderhead over the proceedings and the administration. In no uncertain terms, in his most public statement, Fitzgerald made clear that he believed that Cheney was the one behind the crime for which he was prosecuting Libby. It was Cheney who was the boss, Cheney who gave the orders, and Cheney to whom Libby was the loyal soldier, and it is Cheney for whom Libby is covering up.
There was more: Fitzgerald on why Cooper was credible and Russert was "a devastating witness", and Libby remembering "Rove's conversation with Novak better than Novak." More: The uniqueness with which the witnesses recalled their conversations with Libby on Plame. And more: The importance of the Wilson matter to him and Cheney. Yet more: Witness after witness recalling Libby's anger, irritation and agitation. "We all know, when you're angry at someone, you remember ... He was angry about Wilson. What Wilson said is that the country got lied into war. One of the people he blamed was the defendant - and the vice president."
For his final words, Fitzgerald transformed Wells' lachrymose closing ("Give him back to me!") into a challenge about the truth and the rule of law. "He stole the truth from the judicial system," Fitzgerald told the jury. "If you return a guilty verdict, you give the truth back." Thus the closing statements ended, first with a whimper and then with a bang. <more>
Sidney Blumenthal has been waiting almost five years to use his "Word of the Day" - lachrymose - I am glad I was able to provide him with the who, what, where, when and cry.