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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-29-07 09:06 PM
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Fitzgerald eyed perjury early for Libby
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Fitzgerald eyed perjury early for Libby
By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer

Midway through his CIA leak investigation, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was pretty sure of two things: First, he wasn't going to charge White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby with revealing a covert operative. And second, he thought Libby's testimony was a bunch of lies.

Documents unsealed in the case Friday revealed that when Fitzgerald subpoenaed New York Times reporter Judith Miller in 2005, he was already building a perjury and obstruction case against Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.

"Libby's account of conversations has been largely inconsistent with every other material witness to date," Fitzgerald wrote in court documents.

Libby was convicted in March of lying and obstructing Fitzgerald's investigation. He faces 2 1/2 years in prison unless an appeals court steps in to delay the sentence. He is the only person charged in the case.

Libby's allies have called for a pardon, largely because Libby was not the source for the 2003 newspaper article outing CIA operative Valerie Plame. They accuse Fitzgerald of running amok and using the leak investigation to trap Libby into a perjury case.

The documents unsealed Friday cut both ways.


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