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Former Spokeswoman For Dick Cheney Testifies At Libby Trial
Fri Jan 26, 2007 01:15

Former Spokeswoman For Dick Cheney Testifies At Libby Trial

January 25, 2007 2:45 p.m. EST

Mary K. Brunskill - All Headline News Staff Writer

Washington, D.C. (AHN) - Cathie Martin, a former spokeswoman for Vice President Dick Cheney who testified at the CIA leak trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby on Thursday, is expected to say she told Libby that a vocal critic of the Bush administration was married to a CIA operative. On Wednesday, several witnesses seemed to be suffering from lapses in memory, including the first two to testify for Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.

Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, is accused of lying to investigators who were trying to determine who had leaked the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame to journalists. Plame is married to former ambassador Joseph Wilson, who openly criticized the Bush administration.

Fitzgerald's first two witnesses were Marc Grossman, an official at the State Department, and Robert Grenier, the former CIA Iraq mission manager.

Grossman testified Wednesday that he and Libby had talked about Plame, and he admitted there were differences in the statements he had initially given to FBI agents. However, he said he could not explain the discrepancies.

Grenier said he had told Libby that Wilson's wife worked for the CIA, but 18 months earlier he had told investigators that he had no recollection of telling Libby about Plame.

"I developed a growing conviction that I must've said it," Grenier said. "It's like, 'Wake up and smell the coffee. You must've told him.'"

Cross-examination has been slowed because of such accounts, and lawyers have brought in heavily redacted documents and e-mails to jog witnesses' memories.

Fitzgerald said he has several witnesses whose memories are not in accord with Libby's.

He said during his opening statements, "Having a bad memory is not a crime. The defendant is not charged with having a bad memory."

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