Friday, January 12, 2007

Libby Trial Begins Next Week

Mark your calendars, folks. The Lewis Libby "Plamegate" perjury trial is set to begin next Tuesday.

The perjury trial of I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, may provide ammunition for Democrats looking to attack the White House for its conduct in the run-up to the Iraq war.

Libby, 56, is charged with perjury and obstruction for lying to a grand jury probing the leak of a CIA agent's name. He faces as many as 30 years in prison if convicted. The trial starts on Jan. 16 in Washington.

Defense lawyers say they'll call Cheney as a witness to bolster claims Libby was too busy with security matters to accurately remember events. His testifying is risky for both men. What Cheney recalls may undermine Libby's too-busy defense while exposing the vice president to probes by Congress of how the Bush administration promoted the war, legal experts said. ...

Cheney spokeswoman Lea Ann McBride declined to say whether a subpoena has been received. "We have cooperated fully with the investigation and will continue to do so," McBride said.

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