The Prosecution Rests Its Case in the Libby Trial
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Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has made his case--or has he? Scooter Libby's defense will begin next week after three weeks of prosecution testimony. What have we learned from the trial? What's next? Is the Libby case about how the White House went to war or much ado about a crime that never happened? The Pentagon's Inspector General questions the propriety of a Defense Department intelligence report. On Reporter's Notebook, the diamond trade tries to clean up its act. Lawarence O'Donnell guest hosts.
Pentagon Group Offered 'Alternative Intelligence' in Run-up to War ()
A report by the Pentagon's Inspector General, released today, says that former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith provided pre-war intelligence "of dubious quality or reliability" that supported the political views of the White House rather than the conclusions of the intelligence community. Spencer Ackerman, senior correspondent for the American Prospect, is covering the story for TalkingPointsMemo.com.
- Correction: The term "of dubious quality or reliability" was actually that of Senator Carl Levin. "Alternative intelligence" was actually the wording found in the Inspector General's report.
- Spencer Ackerman: senior correspondent for the American Prospect
The Prosecution Rests Its Case in the Libby Trial ()
Scooter Libby has watched silently as prosecutor Paterick Fitzgerald has methodically presented a perjury case against him. Now it's Libby's turn to respond—and perhaps Vice President Cheney's. Where does the case stand after three weeks of prosecution testimony? What has Fitzgerald revealed that we didn't already know? What can we expect from the Libby defense? Is this a trial about how America went to war or just a petty grudge match led by a frustrated prosecutor who found himself investigating a crime that was never committed? Guest host Lawrence O'Donnell speaks with journalists and attorneys formerly with Congress and the US Justice Department.
- Michael Isikoff: investigative correspondent for Newsweek, @IsikoffNBC
- Dan French: former US attorney
- Victoria Toensing: former deputy assistant attorney general
- Stanley Brand: former counsel to the US House of Representatives
- Byron York: White House Correspondent for The National Review, @ByronYork
De Beers Proposes Black-Run Diamond Mining Company ()
De Beers, the world's largest diamond producer, and the South African government have announced plans to create a new diamond-mining company controlled by black Africans. Tom Zoellner, author of The Heartless Stone, has more on the ground-breaking deal.
- Tom Zoellner: author
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