It was four years ago in the 2003 State of the Union speech that the President mentioned a Niger-Iraq uranium trade, which led to a contradiction by diplomat Joseph Wilson, which led to damage control by the White House, which led to the revelation that Wilson's wife Valerie Plame was a spy, which led to a leak investigation, which led to perjury charges against Lewis Libby, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.
Both ABC and NBC sent reporters to cover the trial's opening arguments. NBC's Kelly O'Donnell is preparing to cover her own boss, DC Bureau chief Russert, on the stand. The prosecutor is alleging that Libby lied when he said that Russert told him about Plame's undercover status and Russert will be called to deny such a conversation. ABC's Pierre Thomas summarized the prosecution case against a "White House campaign to discredit critics of the war in Iraq." The defense "lashed out at the White House" for making Libby the fall guy to protect Karl Rove, the President's political operative.
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