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Reporter Miller Testifies Again

The New York Times says she was called to discuss a talk she had with Cheney's top aide.

October 13, 2005|From Associated Press

WASHINGTON — New York Times reporter Judith Miller on Wednesday completed her testimony before a grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer's name after she was summoned for a second appearance to discuss a previously undisclosed conversation she had had with Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff.

Miller and her lawyer, Robert S. Bennett, emerged from the courthouse after she gave more than an hour's worth of testimony to grand jurors. Both declined to comment.

The appearance came a day after Miller surrendered previously undisclosed notes on her June 23, 2003, contact with I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Cheney's chief of staff, about former U.S. Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV.

The New York Times said she was summoned specifically to discuss the notes and the conversation with Libby.

Libby has testified to the same grand jury. Cheney was interviewed by prosecutors in the criminal investigation more than a year ago.

The special counsel, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, is investigating whether a crime was committed when administration officials became involved in leaking the identity of Wilson's wife, CIA officer Valerie Plame, in 2003.

At the time, Wilson was among a growing number of critics suggesting the administration had twisted prewar intelligence about Iraq's nuclear weapons programs to exaggerate the threat from then-President Saddam Hussein.

Bush aide Karl Rove spoke with columnist Robert Novak and Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper about Wilson's wife in the days after the former ambassador publicly criticized the administration.

Novak exposed Plame's identity as a CIA officer on July 14, 2003, saying his information had come from two administration officials.

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