The perjury trial isn’t over, but it’s not looking good so far for "Scooter" Libby (in photo). The former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney is on trial for lying about his role in disclosing the name of former CIA agent Valerie Plame and for obstructing the investigation. Libby claims that he didn’t lie; he just had a faulty memory. But prosecution witnesses have indicated that Libby was so involved in spreading this information that it is highly unlikely he forgot about it.
Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller said Libby spoke to her about Plame on June 23 and July 8, 2003 — yet Libby told the FBI and a grand jury that the first time he heard about Plame was on July 10. Five government officials also have testified that they spoke to Libby about Plame before July 10. And Libby’s own notes indicate that Cheney told him about Plame on or about June 12.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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