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Summary of Charges Against Cheney Adviser

October 29, 2005

The five charges against I. Lewis ``Scooter″ Libby Jr. carry a total maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines. A look at the charges as outlined in a 22-page indictment released Friday:

_ Count one. Obstruction of justice.

The grand jury charges that Libby did ``knowingly and corruptly endeavor to influence, obstruct and impede the due administration of justice ... by misleading and deceiving the grand jury″ about when and how he learned that covert operative Valerie Plame worked for the CIA. He is also accused of misleading the grand jury about how he disclosed that information to the media.

_ Count two. False statement.

The grand jury charges that Libby ``did knowingly and willfully make a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement″ in an FBI investigation. Specifically, the indictment says Libby misled FBI agents in response to questions about a conversation with Tim Russert of NBC News in July 2003.

_ Count three. False statement.

Libby is charged with misleading FBI agents about his July 2003 conversation with another reporter, Matt Cooper of Time Magazine.

_ Count four. Perjury.

After taking an oath to testify truthfully, Libby knowingly made a ``false material declaration″ about his conversation with Russert, the grand jury alleges.

_ Count five. Perjury.

Also under oath, Libby is accused of knowingly making a ``false material declaration″ about his conversation with Cooper.

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