The Libby Trial for Dummies — The First Days in a Nutshell


A summary of testimony from witnesses in the obstruction and perjury trial of former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby:

MARC GROSSMAN: A former undersecretary of state, Grossman said he told Libby on June 11 or 12, 2003, that Valerie Plame, the wife of a prominent war critic, worked at the CIA. Under cross-examination, Grossman acknowledged some inconsistencies in his statements, such as whether the conversations were face-to-face or over the phone.

ROBERT GRENIER: The former No. 3 official at the CIA testified that he told Libby about Plame on June 11, 2003. He originally told investigators he did not recall such a conversation but said he “developed a growing conviction” that he must have said it.

CRAIG SCHMALL: Libby’s daily CIA briefer, Schmall testified that Plame and her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, were discussed during Libby’s briefing on June 14, 2003. Schmall based that on his notes from the briefing.

CATHIE MARTIN: Cheney’s former spokeswoman, Martin testified that she told Libby sometime before July 6, 2003, that Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA.

ARI FLEISCHER: A former White House press secretary, Fleischer recalled Libby telling him about Plame over lunch July 7, 2003, and saying the information was “hush hush.” Fleischer relayed that information to reporters. He received immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony.

DAVID ADDINGTON: A former counsel to the vice president who now serves as Cheney’s chief of staff, Addington said Libby asked him what documents would be available if a CIA employee’s spouse was sent overseas. As the leak investigation began, Addington said Libby asked how someone could know a CIA officer was undercover and told him, “I didn’t do it.”

JUDITH MILLER: A former New York Times reporter, Miller says Libby discussed Plame on June 23 and July 8 of 2003 — days before Libby says he first learned about the operative. Miller acknowledges she spoke with other government officials, has a spotty memory and cannot be “absolutely, absolutely certain” she did not hear learn about Plame elsewhere.

MATTHEW COOPER: A former Time magazine reporter, Cooper said he had an off-the-record conversation in which Libby confirmed he, too, had heard that Wilson’s wife was involved in sending him on the trip to Niger. That appears nowhere in Cooper’s notes, however, and his description of the ground rules of the conversation have changed. Defense lawyers say Libby only told Cooper he had heard that, too, from other reporters and did not know whether it was true.

DEBORAH BOND: The chief FBI agent in the leak investigation described the bureau’s two interviews with Libby, on Oct. 14 and Nov. 26, 2003. She said Libby said he first learned Wilson’s wife worked for the CIA from Cheney about June 12, 2003, but forgot that conversation. Libby told the FBI he thought he was hearing that information for the first time from NBC reporter Tim Russert on July 10 or 11, 2003.

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