Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Cheney to be witness in Libby CIA leak trial

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney will be called as a defense witness in the CIA leak case, of his former chief of staff, I Lewis "Scooter Libby, Libby's attorney told a federal judge today.
"We're calling the vice president," attorney Ted Wells said in a court hearing. After the hearing another attorney for Libby, William Jeffress said he does not expect the Vice President to resist testifying at the trial scheduled to begin in January. Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, responded by saying, "That settles that." Fitzgerald had said that he did not expect to call Cheney as a witness.
"We don't expect him to resist," Jeffress said of Cheney's proposed testimony.
Fitzgerald said earlier this week that he did not expect the White House to resist if Cheney or other administration officials are called to testify.
The Vice President himself has said in a CNN interview in June, "I may be called as a witness."
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