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February 14, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Abruptly reversing course, lawyers for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby announced Tuesday that neither the defendant nor Vice President Dick Cheney would testify at Libby's trial on charges of lying to federal investigators -- a high-wire maneuver that drastically reduces the opportunity for presenting defense evidence and means the case will go to the jury early next week. In a surprise disclosure in federal court, Libby's lawyer Theodore Wells Jr.
February 13, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt and Greg Miller, Times Staff Writers
In the middle of June 2003, when Washington Post editor Bob Woodward sat down with a top source at the State Department, he had a question. The capital was buzzing over a public attack by a former U.S. diplomat on one of the claims President Bush had made to justify the Iraq war. For support, the diplomat was citing a fact-finding trip he'd made to Africa on orders from CIA officials. "Why would they send him?" a puzzled Woodward asked, referring to the ex-envoy, Joseph C.
February 7, 2007 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
Former White House official I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby told a grand jury in 2004 that Vice President Dick Cheney was upset by an ambassador's public questioning of the Iraq war and that President Bush, Cheney and Libby were involved in a plan -- kept secret from other senior White House officials -- to leak previously classified intelligence to reporters to counter the criticism.
February 6, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby told a federal grand jury three years ago that he did not believe he had discussed the wife of an administration critic with officials from the CIA and the State Department, contradicting sworn testimony by the officials at Libby's perjury trial here. The revelation came Monday as prosecutors began playing audiotapes of Libby's eight hours of testimony before a grand jury investigating how the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame became public.
February 5, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's defense in his perjury trial rests largely on the claim that he was too busy with pressing affairs of state to recall minor events such as conversations with reporters about an obscure CIA employee.
February 3, 2007 | TIM RUTTEN
IF Samuel Beckett had glossed "Alice in Wonderland," the result might have been something like the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. On any given day, it's possible to read the courtroom drama as either farce or tragedy, though those who care about the proceedings' implications for the Washington press corps probably will incline toward the latter.
February 2, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's defense in his perjury trial relies on his contention that he was made a scapegoat to protect White House political strategist Karl Rove from charges of leaking the name of a CIA officer. But that assertion was dealt a blow Thursday, when jurors were shown videotapes from 2003 of White House spokesman Scott McClellan telling reporters that Libby was not the source of the leak.
February 1, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
A former Time magazine reporter said Wednesday that it was President Bush's political advisor, Karl Rove, who first revealed to him that the wife of an administration critic worked for the CIA. The testimony by Matthew Cooper could help former Vice Presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who is on trial for perjury and obstruction of justice. As the White House pushed back in the summer of 2003 against questions that former envoy Joseph C.
January 30, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer testified Monday that he learned the identity of a CIA operative from then-vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby over lunch at the White House on July 7, 2003 -- three days before Libby has said he first heard about Valerie Plame. Fleischer was the fifth government witness in the perjury and obstruction trial to contradict Libby's account, but unlike the fuzzy recollections of some previous witnesses, his testimony was firm and specific.
January 26, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
In the first such account from Vice President Dick Cheney's inner circle, a former aide testified Thursday that Cheney personally directed the effort to discredit an administration critic by having calls made to reporters in 2003. Cheney dictated detailed "talking points" for his chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, and others on how they could impugn the critic's credibility, said Catherine J. Martin, who was the vice president's top press aide at the time.
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