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York Hacks Out Fitzgerald Article

By Judd Legum

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Byron York, a writer for the National Review who is a regular panelist on Meet the Press, has a new article out about Patrick Fitzgerald. York breathlessly reports:

In the letters, contained in motions filed recently by Libby’s defense team and released by the court, Fitzgerald steadfastly refused to reveal whether he has any evidence that Bush administration officials violated the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, the Espionage Act, or any other law by revealing the identity of CIA employee Valerie Wilson.

Of course, the reason Fitzgerald didn’t provide that information is that Fitzgerald never charged Libby with any of those crimes. He charged him with perjury and obstruction of justice. He provided Libby’s defense team with evidence related to those charges.

York suggests that Fitzgerald’s refusal to provide the Libby’s defense team with documents unrelated to the charges filed against them is the “real story.” Meanwhile the “lefty bloggers” are going down the rabbit hole:

Instead, much attention has focused on a paragraph at the end of Fitzgerald’s January 23 letter in which Fitzgerald wrote that “We have learned that not all e-mail of the Office of Vice President and the Executive Office of President for certain time periods in 2003 was preserved through the normal archiving process on the White House computer system.” That statement has fueled much speculation on left-wing blogs that some sort of cover-up has taken place and that the White House has destroyed evidence in the leak investigation. In all the documents made public so far, however, Fitzgerald has not suggested that that has happened.

Um, what about the document that says, “We have learned that not all e-mail of the Office of Vice President and the Executive Office of President for certain time periods in 2003 was preserved through the normal archiving process on the White House computer system.”

The whole article is a content-free excuse to attack Fitzgerald. Hopefully, York will get plenty of air time to talk more about it this Sunday on Meet the Press.

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