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Libby Lawyers Play Tape Of Giddy Russert on Fitzmas Morn

The WaPo reports:

Testifying for a second day at Libby’s perjury trial, Russert said he took no joy in Libby’s fate and was excited only about a major news story regarding anticipated indictments in the CIA leak case in October 2005. He said his motivation as the prosecution’s key witness was to tell the truth: That he did not disclose an undercover CIA officer’s identity to Libby, as Libby claims.
But Russert sounded giddy in an audiotape played in court this afternoon of his on-air interview with radio personality Don Imus on the morning of Oct. 28, when charges were expected against Libby.
“It was like Christmas Eve here last night,” Russert chortled, as he told Imus about the much-anticipated results of a CIA leak investigation that Fitzgerald was expected to announce later that afternoon. “Santa Claus is coming tomorrow. Surprises! What’s going to be under the tree?” [h/t Romenesko]

Elsewhere, Tom Maguire writes, “If you are relying exclusively on the mainstream media for coverage of the Libby trial, you are missing nearly everything.”

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