After hours of aggressive questioning by defense attorney Ted Wells testimony from NBC's Tim Russert came to an end the government rested it's case against "Scooter" Libby. The defense will call it's first witness on Monday.
Tim Russert, moderator of Meet The Press and NBC News Washington bureau chief (and my boss) took the stand today as the key witness in the "Scooter" Libby trial. In this sketch Russert is questioned by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald. In the left foreground are Assistant U.S.Attorneys Peter Ziedenberg and Kathy Kedian; seated at the defense table in the right background , left to right, are defense attorneys Ted Wells, William Jeffress and Libby.
Near end of the day Jurors began listening to tapes of Scooter libby's Grand Jury testimony, eight hours in all, after which NBC's Tim Russert is expected to be the final witness in the governments case.
I thought the elderly woman on the right of my sketch bore a resemblance to Libby, and might be his mother, but I was wrong. Thanks to this blog I have somewhere to show it anyway.
Video of parts of a briefing by White House press secretary Scott McClellan were played for the Libby jury this afternoon.
The sketch shows "Scooter" Libby and a member of his defense team on the far left, while in the foreground the following members of the press watch the jurors watching the video of McClellan: (L to R) NPR's Nina Totenberg, behind Nina, partially obscured, is AP's Mike Stiffen, and in the second row are ABC producer Jason Ryan and correspondent Pierre Thomas.