Two more notable news items about Lewis “Scooter” Libby today, one – his arraignment, two – his replacement(s). Incase you missed it, check out Ron’s post earlier on Libby.
First, Libby will make his 1st court appearance on Thursday. He is expected to plead innocent to criminal charges stemming from the CIA leak investigation.
The arraignment is “scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. (1530 GMT), the federal judge handling the case, Reggie Walton, could set a schedule for the filing of motions and possibly a trial date.” As noted, Libby will be using the Alzheimer’s defense.
Libby, who was charges with obstructing justice, perjury and making false statements and faces a maximum sentence of 30 years, has promised a vigorous defense.
As part of his strategy, Libby is expected to argue that any incorrect information he provided to federal investigators or the grand jury was the result of lapses in memory, rather than intentional lies, according to Libby’s lawyer and other attorneys involved in the case.
Next, Cheney needs 2 not 1 replacement for Libby. It seems he just can’t get the job done with one advisor. Notable about his choices are the fact that both have been named in Libby indictments.
Vice President Dick Cheney, moving swiftly to replace an indicted aide, named attorney David Addington as his chief of staff and John Hannah as his national security adviser on Monday.