6,495. 10/28/2005

On October 28, 2005, “the grand jury in the CIA leak case had issued a five-count indictment against [vice presidential Chief of Staff] Scooter Libby, charging him with one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury, and two counts of making false statements. The indictment accused Libby of having lied during his interviews with FBI agents and his two grand jury appearances about his role in the [Valerie Plame] leak and his conversations with [reporters/journalists] Tim Russert, Matt Cooper, and Judy Miller…The indictment indicated that Libby had discussed [former Ambassador Joe] Wilson’s wife with no fewer than eight U.S. government officials…Fitzgerald’s indictment presented a strong case that Libby had lied. And it undercut the [Bush] administration’s claim that the White House hadn’t been involved in the leak. It suggested that Libby and [presidential advisor Karl] Rove had been at the center of it…Libby, he said, had impeded this investigation by telling a false cover story. That was why he had been indicted.”

 – Michael Isikoff and David Corn, Hubris, Pages 396-397

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