Cancelled Prison Term Evokes Strong Response
Reactions to President Bush's commutation of I. Lewis "Scooter"
Libby's prison sentence ran the gamut from full support from some
Republicans to outrage from Democrats. Bill
Otis, a former special White House counsel, and Margaret Love,
who served as the president's pardon attorney from 1990 to 1997,
discuss the fallout.
Bush Commutes Libby Jail Term
President Bush used his power of clemency Monday to spare I. Lewis
"Scooter" Libby a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence after a
federal appeals panel refused to delay the jail term while it
considered his appeal.
Denies Libby Request to Delay Prison Term
A federal judge ruled Thursday that Vice President Dick
Cheney's former aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby cannot delay his
prison sentence while he appeals a conviction related to the CIA
leak investigation. Guests comment on the legalities of the case.
Sentenced to More Than Two Years in Jail
judge sentenced I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief
of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, to two-and-a-half years
in prison Tuesday for lying and obstructing the investigation
into the revealing of a CIA agent's name to the media.
Washington editor of The Nation magazine, and Byron York, White
House correspondent for the National Review, offer their perspectives
on the matter.
Testifies About Her Covert Status, Reaction to Column
Former CIA operative Valerie Plame told a congressional committee
Friday that her career ended when a columnist revealed her identity
and that she did not recommend her husband for a trip to Niger.
The NewsHour provides extended excerpts of her testimony.
Found Guilty of Four Counts of Lying, Obstruction
Following a five-week trial and 10 days of deliberation, jurors
declared former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter"
Libby guilty of four of five counts of perjury and obstruction
of justice in the investigation into the media leak of a CIA operative's
Defense Finish Closing Arguments
During closing arguments Tuesday, prosecutors told the jury that
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the vice president's former chief of
staff, lied to a grand jury about when he learned of Valerie Plame,
a CIA officer. The defense said it was all a matter of conflicting
memories, not criminal acts. The jury is expected to begin deliberations
Leonnig of the Washington Post recaps the day in the courtroom.
Trial Brings Journalism Practices Under Scrutiny
The perjury trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby this week continued
to examine his involvement in the leak of a former CIA operative's
name to the press. The case has called into question the use of
unnamed sources and other journalistic practices in Washington.
Carol Leonnig of the Washington Post recaps the day in the courtroom.
Miller Testimony Contradicts Libby's Story
Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller testified Tuesday
that vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby
discussed CIA operative Valerie Plame in June of 2003, which contradicts
LIbby's own account that he learned about Plame's identity during
a telephone call on July 10, 2003, with NBC's Washington bureau
chief, Tim Russert.
Leonnig of the Washington Post provides the latest developments
in the trial.
Hears Testimony in Libby Perjury Trial
began this week in the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who
is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice for lying to
a grand jury about the leak of former CIA agent Valerie Plame's
name to the media in 2003. A reporter discusses the trial.
Trial on Perjury, Obstruction Set to Start
selection began Tuesday in the trial of Vice President Dick Cheney's
former chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Libby
is accused of perjury and obstruction of justice in the investigation
into the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity. Opening
arguments in the trial are scheduled to begin Monday. Carol
Leonnig of the Washington Post explains the latest
Original Source of CIA Agent's Name
Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has confirmed he was
the person who first revealed the identity of CIA agent Valerie
Plame to syndicated columnist Robert Novak in 2003, launching
a federal investigation into the leak. Neil
Lewis of The New York Times discusses the revelation.
CIA Officer Sues Cheney and Rove over Leak
CIA officer Valerie Plame, whose identity was revealed in a 2003
Robert Novak column, has filed a lawsuit against Vice President
Dick Cheney presidential
adviser Karl Rove, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and 10 other unnamed
Adviser, Karl Rove, Cleared in CIA Probe
months of investigation and five appearances before the federal
grand jury, White House adviser Karl Rove was told he would not
face any criminal charges in the leaking of former covert CIA
operative Valerie Plame's identity in the press.
Brown discusses the development with former prosecutors Joe diGenova
and Michael Zeldin.
Says President Authorized Leak of Iraq Information
President Dick Cheney's former aide, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby,
told grand jury investigators that President Bush authorized the
release of sensitive information about Iraq, according to court
papers filed by prosecutors in the CIA leak case.
Admits Administration Official Told Him of CIA Agent's Identity
Woodward, the Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and Washington
Post assistant managing editor, testified before a federal grand
jury that he learned the identity of covert CIA agent Valerie
Plame more than a month before she was outed in a column by Robert
Miller Retires from New York Times
reporter Judith Miller reached an agreement with the New York
Times Wednesday that ends her 28-year career with the paper. Miller,
who had been at the center of the recent CIA leak case that resulted
in the indictment and resignation of a White House aide, had been
in negotiations with the Times for more than two weeks.
Case Weighs on Inner Circle of White House
vice presidential chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter"
Libby pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he mislead a
federal investigation into the outing of a covert CIA operative
whose husband had criticized the Bush administration's Iraq policy.
But his indictment
has leveled a political blow against the White House that has
continued to pose challenges to senior Bush administration officials.
Two former White House chiefs of staff, President George H.W.
Bush's Samuel Skinner and President Bill Clinton's Leon Panetta,
consider how the court case is likely playing out in the West
Carol Leonnig of the Washington Post reports on the court proceedings.
Indictment Raises Questions About Protecting Sources
indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby by a federal
grand jury for making false statements, perjury and obstruction
of justice came about largely due to the testimony of three key
reporters Libby spoke with about the identity of covert CIA operative
Patrick Fitzgerald discussed the decision to force reporters to
testify in the case, saying, "I do not think that reporters
should be subpoenaed anything close to routinely. It should be
an extraordinary case. But if you're dealing with a crime -- and
what's different here is the transaction is between a person and
a reporter, they're the eyewitness to the crime."
have once again raised the issue of reporters and their ability
and need to protect confidential sources.
discusses the issues raised by the Libby case with Los Angeles
Times Washington bureau chief Doyle McManus, First Amendment lawyer
Devereux Chatillon, media critic Jeff Jarvis and former prosecutor
Analyze Case Against Libby
federal grand jury investigating the leak of a covert CIA operative's
name charged Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff I. Lewis
"Scooter" Libby with obstruction of justice, making a false statement
and perjury on Friday. Libby subsequently resigned.
Ray, independent counsel during the Clinton administration, and
Richard Ben-Veniste, former assistant U.S. attorney during the
Watergate scandal and former chief counsel for the Democrats of
the Senate Whitewater committee, discuss the case.
Washington Post reporter Mark Leibovich and New Yorker
staff writer George Packer take a closer look at Libby.
Special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald outlines the charges and answers
questions at a press conference. (1 hour 6 minutes)
Vice President's Chief of Staff Indicted in CIA Leak Case, Resigns
Five-count indictment of Libby handed down by the grand jury
Press statement from the special counsel explaining the indictment
Awaits Action by Leak Grand Jury
nearly two-year investigation into the outing of a covert CIA
operative neared its climax Wednesday as the special prosecutor
Patrick Fitzgerald continued to present testimony to a grand jury.
The grand jury has until Friday to issue indictments in the case
and two key White House advisers, Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove
and Vice President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter"
Libby, are said to be possible targets of the investigation.
the grand jury ended its work Wednesday without any public announcement,
Carol Leonnig of the Washington Post updates what is known about
Within the New York Times Go Public
the weekend, the New York Times continued its intensive coverage
of its own internal clashes over the reporting of Judith Miller.
Prominent columnist Maureen Dowd blasted Miller's reporting on
weapons of mass destruction and the paper's lack of editorial
oversight and on Sunday, the newspaper's public editor questioned
many of the decisions made by Miller and the slowness of the Times
editors to respond.
NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown discusses the ongoing troubles
at the Times with Geneva Overholser, professor of journalism at
the University of Missouri and former Washington Post ombudsman.
York Times Reports on Judith Miller's Role in the CIA Leak Case
Some two weeks after Judith Miller ended her more than 80
days in jail and testified before a grand jury investigating the
leak into the name of a covert CIA operative, the New York Times
Sunday printed a 5,500-word story detailing its reporter's involvement
in the case. Miller also wrote a separate piece about her four
hours of testimony before the grand jury.
Lehrer gets the latest on the Miller affair and the Times' handling
of the case from Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters
Committee for Freedom of the Press, and Alex Jones, director of
the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy
at Harvard University.
to Testify in CIA Leak Investigation
President Bush's top political adviser Karl Rove has agreed
to testify again before a federal grand jury investigating whether
someone in the Bush administration intentionally leaked the identity
of a CIA agent. Margaret Warner leads a discussion on the latest
developments with Tom Hamberger of the Los Angeles Times.
Released from Jail, Testifies in Leak Case
After spending 85 days in jail for refusing to disclose a
source, New York Times reporter Judith Miller testified before
a grand jury Friday after getting a waiver from the confidential
source, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter"
Libby, spoke to Miller in July 2003 and may have revealed the
name of the CIA operative.
Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig outlines Miller's decision
Pledges to Fire Anyone Who Committed Crime in Leak Case, Urges
President Bush Monday shifted his stance on the ongoing investigation
into the exposure of a covert CIA agent, vowing to dismiss anyone
found to have acted illegally rather than an earlier pledge to
dismiss leakers in the case.
President Bush urged the public to be patient as the ongoing grand
jury investigation, which has included testimony from his close
adviser and deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, continued.
best people wait until the investigation is complete before you
jump to conclusions. I don't know all the facts. I want to know
all the facts," the president said Monday. "I would like this
to end as quickly as possible. If someone committed a crime, they
will no longer work in my administration."
president's comments came a day after Time magazine reporter Matthew
Cooper said Rove was the first person to tell him that the agent
worked for the CIA.
He also said that in previous testimony to the grand jury he had
discussed Wilson and his wife with I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice
President Dick Cheney's chief of staff.
Continues in Senate over Karl Rove
Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the Senate's reaction
to Karl Rove's possible role in the outing of CIA operative Valerie
House Silent on Rove, Leak Investigation
White House officials, at one time adamant that deputy chief
of staff and key political adviser Karl Rove had
nothing to do with the leak of a female CIA operative's identity,
are now remaining mum on the matter.
the weekend, Newsweek reported that Time magazine reporter Matthew
Cooper communicated with Rove via e-mail that administration critic
and former ambassador Joseph Wilson went to Niger on a fact-finding
mission about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction at the behest
of his wife. According to Cooper's account, Rove also noted that
she worked for the CIA on weapons of mass destruction.
attorney acknowledged the top adviser spoke with Cooper -- but
did not reveal Valerie Plame's name.
the second day in a row, White House spokesman Scott McClellan
on Tuesday repeatedly fended off reporters' questions, telling
them he could not comment on the ongoing investigation.
Democrats, meanwhile, have seized on the matter to demand that
the administration fire Rove or at least take away his security
Judith Miller Jailed for Refusing to Divulge Her Source
A federal judge sentenced New York Times reporter Judith Miller
to jail Wednesday for refusing to divulge her source to a grand
jury investigating the Bush administration's leak of the identity
of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame.
Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper announced he would cooperate
with the federal prosecutor's investigation because his source
gave him specific authority to discuss their conversation.
correspondent Terence Smith speaks with Bill Keller, executive
editor of the New York Times, and Steve Chapman, columnist and
editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune.
Magazine to Divulge Notes in CIA Leak Case
Time magazine on Thursday said it would comply with a court
order to hand over the notes of one of its reporters in a grand
jury investigation into the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame's
Court Rejects Reporters' Appeal in CIA Leak Case
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the efforts of two journalists
to avoid jail sentences for refusing to testify before a grand
jury about the leak of an undercover CIA agent.
Miller of the New York Times and Matthew Cooper of Time magazine
asked the Supreme Court to revisit the issue of whether or not
reporters can be imprisoned or fined for refusing to identify
their anonymous sources.
Court Says Reporters Must Testify in CIA Leak Case
U.S. appeals court upheld a ruling Tuesday saying two reporters
must testify in the federal probe on whether Bush administration
officials leaked the identity of an undercover CIA officer to
the news media.
Reporters Appeal Contempt
Orders in CIA Leak Case
York Times reporter Judith Miller and Time magazine's Matthew
Cooper on Wednesday appeared in a U.S. appeals court to challenge
contempt of court convictions that could send them to jail for
up to 18 months.
Terence Smith discusses the case and the issues it raises
with Floyd Abrams, a First Amendment attorney who represents Cooper
and Miller in the investigation, and Victoria Toensing, a former
deputy assistant attorney general.
York Times Reporter Held in Contempt in CIA Leak Probe
Update: A federal judge found New York Times reporter Judith
Miller in contempt Thursday for refusing to divulge confidential
sources to prosecutors investigating who leaked the name of a
CIA operative to several Washington, D.C. reporters.
Orders Dropped after Reporter Agrees to Testify in CIA Leak Case
Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper gave a deposition to special
counsel Patrick Fitzgerald in the federal investigation into the
alleged leaking of a clandestine CIA agent's name to the media,
Time magazine announced Tuesday.
Judge Holds Time Magazine Reporter in Contempt for Refusing to
federal judge held Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper in contempt
of court on Monday for refusing to testify before a grand jury
investigating whether White House sources illegally revealed the
identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame. Terence Smith and guests
discuss a prosecutor's right to subpoena reporters in criminal
grand jury investigations and a journalist's privilege to protect
the identities of confidential sources.
Ask Court to Quash Journalists' Subpoenas in CIA Leak Investigation
First Amendment attorneys went to court to ask a judge to
quash the subpoenas served to journalists who allegedly received
a leak from White House officials about the identity of a clandestine
CIA agent. Ray Suarez discusses the latest developments in the
case with New York Times national legal correspondent Adam Liptak.
Steps Aside in CIA Leak Case, Appoints Special Prosecutor
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself from the
investigation into the disclosure of an undercover CIA officer.
The Justice Department named U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald
as a special counsel to oversee the investigation. Elaine Shannon
of Time magazine talks to Terence Smith about the latest developments.
Review Past Cases of Alleged White House Leaks to the Media
As the Justice Department continues its criminal investigation
into the alleged White House naming of an undercover CIA agent
to a half dozen reporters, Jim Lehrer and four historians discuss
past cases of alleged presidential leaks to the media.
Department Expands Criminal Probe into Alleged White House Leak
A Justice Department investigation into the alleged White
House leak of an undercover CIA agent's identity is expanding
to include other federal agencies. Experts explain the workings
of such an investigation.
Justice Department Launches Probe into Alleged Leak of CIA Officer's
Terence Smith leads a discussion about the alleged leak of
the identity of a covert CIA agent to at least six journalists,
and the decision of syndicated newspaper columnist Robert Novak
to report it.
Senators Discuss News Reports on the Alleged White House Leak
The Washington Post reported that top White House aides leaked
the identity of an undercover CIA agent after her husband, former
Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, publicly challenged President
Bush's prewar intelligence on Iraq. Margaret Warner discusses
the alleged White House leak with two members of Congress.