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Tim Russert Makes Mafia-Gangland Deal With Fitzgerald

'And we'll break the other leg next, wiseguy.' - WonkettePatrick Fitzgerald cut some kind of mysterious deal with Tim Russert to get the TV entertainer to briefly testify, but Scooter Libby's lawyers want to know what Russert was promised and why "prosecutors failed to ask Russert a number of important questions."


The mystery was solved today when Russert showed up to court on crutches; Fitzgerald's goons broke one of the Meet the Press star's ankles, and threatened to break the other one should the testimony fail to convict Libby. Other threats regarding horse heads and a "million year curse" could not be verified at press time.

Russert kept to his deal in today's testimony, claiming he only learned Plame's identity from Novak's column in the Washington Post on July 14, 2003 (right). Even worse for Scooter, Russert claimed the July 8, 2003, phone conversation with Libby had nothing to do with CIA agents. Instead, a furious Libby was only interested in screaming vulgarities at Russert over some MSNBC report.

You know how all this time you thought MSNBC had like two viewers? Well, that's still true -- but those two viewers are Scooter Libby and Dick Cheney.

NBC's Russert Rebuts Libby Testimony [NYT]

Prosecutors limit Russert deal details [AP]

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Yr Wonkette has been getting quite a few visits from trolls lately, although most of the infestations have been incredibly tiresome and not at all worth discussing here. We're talking, like, not even as good as ol' Turgid Love Muscle Guy. Come to think of it, we haven't seen him in a while; hope he's OK. At least health-wise.

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In 2006, Bob Casey Jr., then the Pennsylvania state treasurer, defeated Rick Santorum and took his seat in the US Senate; presumably only after having it steam cleaned. Not that Casey wanted anything much to do with Dan Savage, the columnist who had helpfully made the alternative definition of "Santorum" one of the best demonstrations of the power of trolling for the prior three years. But in '06, Casey's campaign actually declined a donation from Savage; Casey's finance director thanked him, but suggested maybe Savage could give the money to a group working against Santorum so Casey wouldn't get flak for taking the donation. That was back when Dems were happy to talk about civil unions but frightened of gay marriage, and Casey just plain wussed out on the chance to bring a "weeks-long debate about feces, lube, and assfucking" to the Senate race, as then-Wonket Dave Weigel put it. But Bob Casey has come rather a long way since then, and he now supports marriage equality. He might still be a bit shy about a full-on embrace of buttsechs talk, however.

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