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Libby Trial on Perjury, Obstruction Charges Set to Start

Jury 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.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying about how he learned and who he talked to about the leaking of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity to the press in 2003.

    Jury selection for his trial began today. And before a verdict is reached, the vice president himself is likely to testify. Carol Leonnig was in the courtroom today for the Washington Post, and she joins us now.

    Welcome, Carol.

  • CAROL LEONNIG, The Washington Post:

    Thank you, Gwen.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    So, Carol, what is it the prosecution is seeking to prove here?

  • CAROL LEONNIG:

    The prosecution is seeking to prove here that Scooter Libby, on behalf of Cheney, allegedly, sought to discredit a critic of the war and lied later when asked about it about his conversations with reporters that provided information about this critic's wife, who was a secret CIA operative named Valerie Plame.

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