Friday, October 21, 2005

Miller's June notes

One of the mysteries of Plamegate had been how Miller could possibly have forgotten her notes of the June meeting with Scooter. Murray Waas solves the mystery:

"When a prosecutor first questioned Miller during her initial grand jury appearance on September 30, 2005 sources said, she did not bring up the June 23 meeting in recounting her various contacts with Libby, the chief of staff to Vice President Cheney. Pressed by prosecutors who then brought up the specific date of the meeting, Miller testified that she still could not recall the June meeting with Libby, in which they discussed a controversial CIA-sponsored mission to Africa by former Ambassador Joe Wilson, or the fact that his wife, Valerie Plame, worked for the CIA.

When a prosecutor presented Miller with copies of the White House-complex visitation logs, she said such a meeting was possible."

Miller didn't realize the Fitzgerald had the logs and already knew about the June meeting, and walked right into a trap. Fitzgerald must have told her she could either go to jail for lying to a Grand Jury and obstructing justice or she could come up with something to make it worth his while to forget the whole thing. So Miller, hero of the First Amendment and protector of sources, coughed up the notes.