Libby Trial: Government Opening Arguments – Assessment
If every single statement made by Patrick Fitgerald in the government’s opening argument, with the exception of the repeated description of Libby’s statements as “lies,” were proven, it strikes me that Libby still could be exonerated.
Libby knew about the Wilson-Plame connection as the source of the Niger trip long before the NYT op-ed and heard it repeatedly. At the point he was talking to the press about that fact, it was quite likely simply background knowledge in his mind.
Furthermore, the fact that Libby repeatedly spoke on background and, in one case, went so far as to hide behind the technically true but misleading “former Hill staffer” label, is hardly evidence of sinister behavior. Wanting to avoid vice presidential fingerprints on a hit piece is rather standard politics, not evidence of illegal intent.