Fleischer went to special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in 2004 and offered to give testimony regarding the Valerie Plame leak investigation in return for immunity, and he’ll testify in the Scooter Libby trial next week.
Once the deal was struck in February 2004, Fleischer revealed that he had discussed Plame with reporters in July 2003, days before leaving his job at the White House. He also said he learned about Plame from Libby, who was the chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.
Fleischer’s testimony is significant because he says he talked to Libby about Plame days before Libby told the FBI he was surprised to learn it from a reporter.
Court documents show what Fleischer told the grand jury: that he had had lunch with Libby on July 7, 2003 and during that lunch, Libby told Fleischer that Wilson’s wife had sent her husband on a trip to Africa to examine intelligence reports indicating that Iraq had sought to buy uranium ore from Niger, Hester reports.
Fleischer described the lunch as being “kind of weird” and that Libby typically “operated in a very closed-lip fashion.” Fleischer “recalled that Libby ‘added something along the lines of, you know, this is hush hush, nobody knows about this. This is on the q.t.’”
This story may have come out on a Friday afternoon, but I doubt it will get buried. Fleischer will testify, Cheney will testify, and Karl Rove has been subpoenaed as well. Will Rove and Cheney end up in a courtroom smackdown? Stay tuned.
Bushco — returning honor and dignity to the White House. Who knew they meant after they leave office?