From the outset, as legal experts saw it, the case against I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was simple — and hard to defend.
When asked by the FBI and later by the grand jury about CIA agent Valerie Plame, Libby said he first learned of her in mid-July of 2003 when NBC reporter Tim Russert told him about her in a phone call.
The problem was that Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff had held a series of meetings and phone conversations during the previous month to talk about Plame and her husband, Iraq war critic Joseph Wilson.
And when Libby was indicted on charges of lying to federal investigators, he and his defense team faced the formidable task of explaining how Libby could have held all those conversations with reporters and government officials, yet claim the key issue had slipped his mind. Read more…