Highlights from Libby indictment
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Following are selections from the indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff.
Libby was charged Friday with one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of making false statements and and two counts of perjury in the two-year-old CIA leaks investigation. (Full story)
Count one (obstruction of justice):
The indictment states: "In or about March 2004, in the District of Columbia, I. LEWIS LIBBY, also known as "SCOOTER LIBBY," defendant herein, did knowingly and corruptly endeavor to influence, obstruct and impede the due administration of justice, namely proceedings before Grand Jury 03-3, by misleading and deceiving the grand jury as to when, and the manner and means by which, LIBBY acquired and subsequently disclosed to the media information concerning the employment of Valerie Wilson by the CIA."
The indictment says that as part of a "corrupt endeavor," Libby made "materially false and intentionally misleading statements and representations" about his conversations with reporters Tim Russert of NBC, Matthew Cooper of Time magazine, and Judith Miller of the New York Times.
Count two (false statement):
"On or about October 14 and November 26, 2003," Libby "did knowingly and willfully make a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and representation in a matter ... in response to questions posed to him by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation" regarding a conversation he had had with Russert, the indictment says.
Count three (false statement):
When questioned by the FBI, Libby said he had told Cooper that reporters were telling the administration that Wilson's wife worked for the CIA and that Libby himself did not know if this was true, the indictment says.
"As defendant LIBBY well knew when he made it, this statement was false in that: LIBBY did not advise Cooper on or about July 12, 2003, that reporters were telling the administration that Wilson's wife worked for the CIA, nor did LIBBY advise him that LIBBY did not know whether this was true; rather, LIBBY confirmed for Cooper, without qualification, that LIBBY had heard that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA," the indictment states.
Count four (perjury):
"On or about March 5, 2004," Libby knowingly "made a false declaration" in court regarding a conversation he had had with Russert regarding Joe Wilson's wife and her CIA ties, the indictment says.
Count five (perjury):
"On or about March 5, 2004, and March 24, 2004," Libby "knowingly made a false material declaration" about his conversations with reporters concerning Joe Wilson's wife's CIA employment, the indictment says.
"In truth and fact, as LIBBY well knew when he gave this testimony, it was false," the indictment says.
According to an Office of Special Counsel press release, "If convicted, the crimes charged in the indictment carry the following maximum penalties:
Each count carries a maximum fine of $250,000. That means the maximum penalties would be 30 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines.
"The court would determine the appropriate sentence to be imposed," the press release said.
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