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Libby, Abramoff, Brown sing like birds

Their rendition of 'It Wasn't Just Me' is Play of the Week

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Lewis "Scooter" Libby says he was told by his superiors to leak classified information to the media.

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Here in Washington, the halls are alive with the sound of music.

What are the voices singing? Why, the political Play of the Week.

You've heard of the three tenors? Now three Washington figures, each of them implicated in either wrongdoing or incompetence, are singing like canaries.

You might call their song, "It Wasn't Just Me.''

"It Wasn't Just Me,'' sings Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's indicted former chief of staff.

This week, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald revealed in grand jury documents that Libby testified that his White House superiors authorized him to disclose intelligence information to the media.

The National Journal, citing knowledgeable sources, identified one of those superiors as Cheney.

The vice president authorizes leaks. That's quite a song.

"It Wasn't Just Me,'' sings former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty last month to bribery.

When asked about Abramoff, who raised more than $100,000 for the Bush re-election campaign, the president said, "I don't know him."

"The guy saw me in almost a dozen settings and joked with me about a bunch of things, including details of my kids." Abramoff wrote in an e-mail. "Perhaps he has forgotten everything, who knows?"

"It Wasn't Just Me," sings former FEMA director Michael Brown.

He says his superiors knew a levee had broken the night Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.

"So for them to now claim that we didn't have awareness of it is just baloney," Brown said.

Did the White House know?

"If I've told Joe Hagin or told Andy Card, I've told the president," Brown said, referring to the White House chief of staff, Card, and his deputy.

The three men are singing to save themselves -- by implicating higher-ups.

Their songs didn't win any Grammys this week, but they do win the political Play of the Week.

"It Wasn't Just Me" is a real a song, recorded by The Mockers and released in 2001. But it's a tune that people have been singing in Washington for years.

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