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Plame investigation 2004


Plame investigation 2005

The Ocean of Motions: Libby and the Prosecution Skirmish Over Discovery


January 2006

January 5

January 9

  • The Special Counsel responds to expansive Libby defense discovery requests.

January 23

  • The Special Counsel responds to expansive Libby defense discovery requests. “We advise you that we have learned that not all e-mail of the Office of Vice President and the Executive Office of the President for certain time periods in 2003 was preserved through the normal archiving process on the White House computer system.”

January 26

January 31

  • The district court enters a proposed order for production of discovery documents.

February 2006

February 3

  • Defense and prosecution meet for a scheduling conference and hearing with Federal judge Reggie Walton. (firedoglake)

February 6

  • CIA counter-terrorism chief Robert Grenier is removed from his position for resistance to detention and torture programs. He remains at the CIA. (Sources: "Top Counterterrorism Officer Removed Amid Turmoil at CIA," by Barton Gellman and Dafna Linzer, Washington Post, February 7, 2006; "CIA Chief Sacked for Opposing Torture," by Sarah Baxter and Michael Smith, Sunday Times, February 12, 2006.)

February 13

  • Larisa Alexandrovna, in Raw Story, reports that Valerie Wilson's role had involved tracking the distribution and acquisition of weapons of mass destruction technology to and from Iran.

February 16

  • The Special Counsel asks U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton to deny Libby's request for material. (Bloomberg)

February 21

February 23

  • Libby defense files a motion to dismiss, on grounds that the Special Counsel appointment was unconsitutional.

February 24

  • U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton makes some rulings on discovery issues (AP). The defense is told that the White House has recently located and turned over about 250 pages of e-mails from the vice president's office (RawStory, Truthout).

February 27

  • The district court issues an order permitting defense to subpoena reporters and news organizations.

March 2006

March 1

  • The Special Counsel files an ex parte affidavit, specifiying material not being provided to Libby. (Fitzgerald affidavit)

March 10

  • U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton partially grants the Libby defense request for PDBs. "It is unlikely that this Court would permit anything other than the general topic areas of these documents to be introduced at trial." (Memorandum opinion, Order, AP, NYT, WaPo, firedoglake)

March 14

March 17

March 28

  • The resignation of White House chief of staff Andrew Card is announced. (White House statement, Fox)

April 2006

April 5

  • The Special Counsel files a response to Libby's third motion to compel. (Response).

April 12

April 18

April 20

April 26

  • Karl Rove testifies before the grand jury. He is questioned extensively about contradictions between his sworn testimony and that of Time magazine writer Matthew Cooper. (National Journal, AP, MSNBC, emptywheel)

May 2006

May 1

May 5

  • U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton holds a hearing on discovery motions. (Transcript, emptywheel)

May 8

May 12

May 16

May 19

May 26

  • The district court issues an order concerning defense discovery requests of reporters and news organizations. (Opinion, Order)

June 2006

June 2

  • U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton mostly denies and partly grants Scooter Libby's third motion to compel discovery: "the defendant's motion to compel is largely without merit". (Order)

June 12

  • U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton holds a status hearing. (AP)

June 13

July 2006

July 12

  • Robert Novak comes 2/3 clean. He identifies Karl Rove and CIA agent Bill Harlow, and withholds the identity of his "primary source" whom he characterized as "not a political gunslinger." (Novak)

Armitage Revealed as Novak Source

August 2006

August 27

September 2006

September 7

  • The Special Counsel files a memo opposing a defense motion to introduce a memory expert at trial. (Fitzgerald memo)

September 13

  • Robert Novak publishes an article "Real story behind Armitage story" in the Chicago Sun-Times. (parsed by emptywheel)

September 21

  • U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton issues an opinion and order about the use, relevance and admissibility of classified information. (Opinion and order)

September 22

October 2006

October 18

  • The Special Counsel files a status report about classified documents. (Fitzgerald filing)

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