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Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Cheney to be defense witness in CIA leak trial
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Vice President Dick Cheney will be called as a witness when former aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby goes on trial in connection with the exposure of an undercover CIA agent, defense attorneys said Tuesday.

Libby is scheduled to go on trial in January on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements to investigators probing the 2003 disclosure of CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity. He resigned as Cheney's chief of staff the day of his October 2005 indictment.

Though the vice president's office declined comment on the case Tuesday afternoon, Libby's lawyers said they would seek Cheney's testimony.

Cheney had said in June that he expected to be called as a witness in the trial and called Libby "one of the finest men I've ever known."
-- CNN Chief National Correspondent John King
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