WASHINGTON (CNN) — I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, was indicted Friday by a federal grand jury investigating the public unmasking of an undercover CIA operative.
Charges included making false statements, obstruction of justice, and perjury, court documents show.
Indictments in the case were the first in a nearly two-year investigation into the public unmasking of an undercover CIA operative. Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has scheduled a 2 p.m. ET news conference.
He’s expected to step down from his position after the announcement, presumably so Cheney or Bush don’t have to fire him.
I think this is a smart strategy, especially if he gets acquitted. I can only imagine it would be good press for Libby to return triumphantly to the White House.
We’ll have more on this later.