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   Conservative media figures repeated false claim that Libby indictment proved no "underlying crime" was committed

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11/2/2005 6:15 pm

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Entered 11/2/2005, Updated 11/2/2005

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In the days following the October 28 indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby on charges of obstruction of justice, perjury, and false statements, numerous conservative media figures have asserted that special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald's investigation of the CIA leak case found that no underlying crime had been committed. That assertion is false. Fitzgerald has stated only that he was unable to determine whether the alleged leak itself constituted a violation of the law. As set out in the indictment and at his October 28 press conference, Fitzgerald accused Libby of obstructing the grand jury's efforts to investigate the alleged leak, preventing a determination of whether it violated federal law. In an October 28 press release summarizing the indictment, Fitzgerald explained that the grand jury's efforts to get to the bottom of the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity had been impeded by Libby's testimony: [Continued...]


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