In an effort to make these affidavits available as soon as possible so the wingnuts can start admitting they were wrong about Fitzgerald being a runaway prosecutor, I thought I'd catalog some of the things Fitzgerald didn't appear to know by August 27, 2004 and September 27, 2004.
As of August 2004, Fitzgerald did not yet know that:
- Rove may have talked to Novak on July 8, not July 9
- There was a second phone call between Libby and Judy on July 12 (Fitzgerald notes just one phone call, a 3 minute phone call at 4:03 pm)
- The source of the information in Novak's column that Plame worked in CPD
- The source of Plame's name in Novak's column
- Pincus' source (he considered Ari, Libby, and two other people likely candidates--note the discussion on page 21 of a Senior Administration Official calling from Africa to Pincus on July 9)
- Whether Chris Matthews' or Rove's account of their "Wilson's wife is fair game" conversation was correct (note Fitzgerald calls that conversation a "heated exchange" on page 32)
Between the August affidavit and the September one, Fitzgerald interviewed Pincus, Fleischer, Armitage, and Novak. As of September 2004, Fitzgerald did not yet know Cooper's source. Note the description Fitzgerald gives of what he knew when he first subpoenaed Matt Cooper:
Special Counsel had no indication that other subjects of the investigation had spoken directly to Cooper prior to when Libby did on July 12.
In other words, during the summer, 2004, Fitzgerald didn't have the Rove-Hadley email. There is a redaction here--and an earlier one--that suggests he may have gotten it in the interim period. But he appears not to have gotten it in the first document dumps.
Bonus Tom Maguire tidbit (any bets he'll crow about this but not mention the extensive descriptions of why Armitage's testimony was not enough to end the investigation?)
In August, Fitzgerald noted that they planned to get a deposition from Andrea Mitchell:
we plan to contact NBC to ask whether Mitchell is willing to provide an affidavit declaring whether she received any information about Wilson's wife prior to July 14, 2003
In September, Fitzgerald admits that NBC has refused to have Mitchell provide an affidavit on whether or not she received info on Wilson.
NBC has refused and we are considering how next to proceed.