The chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Jr., has been charged with one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of making false statement, and two counts of perjury in connection with the investigation into the “outing” of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson. Prior to the announcement of the indictment Libby submitted his resignation.
Video of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s press conference:
If convicted on all counts Libby faces a maximum of 30 years in prison and a fine of $1,500,000 fine.
Update: Josh Marshall notes that Fitzgerald has told Congressional leaders that he does not have authority to issue a report. Left unsaid in the indictment is whether any of Libby’s (or any other administration officials) actions in regards to Plame’s identity were illegal. Since they noted the various laws upon which charges could have been based, but did not pursue those angles, the answer appears to be a pretty convincing “no.”
Update 2: Libby’s attorney has responded to the charges. (PDF)
- PlameGate – Libby Lies About Lying
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Plame Meme Watch
PlameGate – Plame Name No Secret
Valerie Plame Archive