Dems Demand Libby Give Personalized Waiver to Judith Miller
Murray Waas writes that Reps. John Conyers of Michigan and Louise Slaughter of New York, the ranking Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee, have written Lewis Libby, Cheney's Chief of Staff, and asked him to provide jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller with a "personalized waiver."
I think this whole business about "personalized waivers" is bunk. A red herring. Judith Miller has said she doesn't trust Fitzgerald. Where's her assurance that if she shows up to talk about Libby, he won't then ask her about other sources, as he did with Matt Cooper?
Libby's lawyer, Joseph Tate, has told the New York Times that Libby's original waiver covered all New York Times reporters. The notion of "personalized waivers" started with Matthew Cooper and Karl Rove. Cooper didn't get any "personalized waiver" - he got a letter from Rove's attorney reaffirming that Rove's original waiver included him.
In court shortly after 2, he [Cooper] told Judge Thomas F. Hogan of the Federal District Court in Washington that he had received "an express personal release from my source." That statement surprised Mr. Luskin, Mr. Rove's lawyer. Mr. Luskin said he had only reaffirmed the blanket waiver, in response to a request from Mr. Fitzgerald.
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