Libby Prosecutor: Libby ‘Wiped Out’ Cheney Memo
David Shuster of MSNBC, who is sitting in the room with me, reports some big breaking news:
Fitzgerald alleged that Libby in September 2003 “wiped out” a Cheney note just before Libby’s first FBI interview when he said he learned about Wilson and his wife, CIA operative Valerie Plame, from reporters, not the vice president.
It was not clear if the reference to wiped out was literal or figurative.
I would note for the record that every other person in the media room, including bloggers for the liberal Firedoglake, are convinced it was the latter. Indeed, the idea that Fitzgerald would accuse Libby in his opening statements of destroying evidence, something with which he was never charged or seriously investigated, strains credulity.
UPDATE: Think Progress has a video and transcript of Schuster’s televised report for MSNBC under the headline, “BREAKING: Libby Destroyed Evidence Prior To Testifying, Cheney ‘Deeply Involved.'”
According to prosecutors, the evidence will show that Scooter Libby destroyed a note from Vice President Cheney about their conversations and about how Vice President Cheney wanted the Wilson matter handled.
That buttresses my suspicion that the “It was not clear if the reference to wiped out was literal or figurative” disclaimer was added in to the story as a late update after Shuster received criticism from others in the press room about the wild overreading of what Fitzgerald said.