Friday, June 13, 2008
Is Tim Russert's Death A Reaction To McClellan's Testimony?
My prayers are with Tim Russert, his family and friends. He did the best he could with what he had to work with and did an outstanding job, building one of the best news teams in the business.
I ask, is there a connection between Tim Russerts death of a heart attack, even if stress related, and the upcoming testimony of Scott McClellan in the Valerie Plame congressional hearing hearing? I'm not implying suicide or murder, just questioning motivation and results. If Scott McClellan mislead the American people, what did the American press do and why?
The great American patriot Tim Russert, who testified in the Scooter Libby trial about outing a CIA agent was obviously impressed with McClellan's book and work.
"Tim Russert Certifies McClellan Charges: 'This is not Moveon.org'
By Geoffrey Dickens May 28, 2008 - 11:15 ET
NBC's "Today" show, on Wednesday morning, led with former White House press secretary Scott McClellan's book as Matt Lauer declared it a "bombshell," and Tim Russert built up McClellan's credibility as he trumpeted, "This is not Moveon.org."”
Within weeks of the Scott McClellan book and interview where he called the press to task, the 9/11 Truth movement coming closer to the forefront of our national conversation as demonstrated by Senator Karen Johnson's call from the Arizona State Senate floor for a full investigation into 9/11, impeachment calls for Bush and Cheney, and the great journalist Tim Russert drops dead of a heart attack in the office on tape day, today. Hmmmmmmmmm!
Since Russert's Scooter Libby testimony,
"Russert says he didn't give Libby agent's ID
POSTED: 10:43 a.m. EST, February 8, 2007
Story Highlights• In taped testimony, Libby says Cheney gave him agent's name
• NBC's Tim Russert says he didn't give CIA agent's name to Libby
• Prosecution: Russert did not get leniency in exchange for deposition to FBI
• Defense has requested to get details from that deposition
From Paul Courson
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- NBC's Tim Russert, the last prosecution witness in I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's perjury trial, testified Wednesday he did not inform Libby of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity, as Libby has said.
Libby, the former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, told FBI investigators and a grand jury he first learned Plame's identity from Russert during a conversation on July 10, 2003. He later recanted, saying a note he found had jogged his memory, and that he initially heard the name from Cheney about a month before.
Russert was asked by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald whether the two discussed Plame. "No, that would be impossible because I did not know who that person was until several days later," Russert said.
Asked whether Libby told him about Plame, Russert responded, "No."
Rather, Russert said, Libby called to complain about comments anchor Chris Matthews had made about him on MSNBC.
"If he had told me [Plame's identity], I would have asked him how he knew that, why he knew that, what is the relevance of that. And since [it was] a national security issue, my superiors [would] try to pursue it," the moderator of "Meet the Press" said.
Russert added that there would be some question whether they could broadcast the information, "because that would be a significant story.""
I wonder how Tim Russert felt about McClellan's upcoming testimony re Valerie Plame. Did it stress him?
"Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, whose scathing memoir about his time in the Bush administration sent waves through Washington D.C., has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, a senior committee official told The Huffington Post.
McClellan's book "What Happened" detailed the "propaganda campaign" that led up to the Iraq war. His hearing is expected to focus heavily on the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, an episode that McClellan has said was driven by political motivations from within the Oval Office. But the committee could press the former press secretary on other matters within its jurisdiction, including the possible authorization of torture by administration officials (though it remains to be seen how much knowledge McClellan has of that topic).
Earlier on Monday, Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers sent an letter to McClellan requesting his testimony."”
If the great journalist Tim Russert had put together a connection between 9/11 as an inside job, the march to the Iraq War, outing a CIA agent and the current administration.........
Or maybe it's just like the government says in its quick report of the cause of death, he just got sick without warning, had a heart attack and died. Who has access to his reporters notes?
I know, I’m jaded. Hunter S. Thompson, Gary Webb, the DC Madam, etc...I see a trend there.