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Saturday, May 13, 2006, 12:49 pm

Fitzmas Update 5/13/06

By Brian Zick

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In a discovery filing with the court Friday night, Patrick Fitzgerald revealed that he's got handwritten notes by Dick Cheney which will be introduced as evidence in the case against Libby.

Michael Isikoff for Newsweek reports:
In the margins of the [Wilson] op-ed, Cheney jotted out a series of questions that seemed to challenge many of Wilson's assertions as well as the legitimacy of his CIA sponsored trip to Africa: "Have they done this sort of thing before? Send an Amb. [sic] to answer a question? Do we ordinarily send people out pro bono to work for us? Or did his wife send him on a junket?"
Fitzgerald in his court filing indicated he plans to introduce a copy of Cheney's annotated version of the Wilson column to show the vice president's interest in the circumstances surrounding Wilson's trip WAS an important matter to Libby that week and explains many of his actions. Those actions, according to the indictment, include discussing Plame's employment at the CIA—a matter Fitzgerald has said was classified at the time—with New York Times reporter Judy Miller on July 8, 2003.

Here's Fitz's filing.

Emptywheel at The Next Hurrah has some analysis.
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