Condoleezza Rice may join Dick Cheney as a witness in “Scooter” Libby’s perjury trial. The secretary of state’s name appeared on a list of potential witnesses that included Karl Rove, Paul Wolfowitz, George Tenet, Colin Powell and members of the Washington media elite.


WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice could join Vice President Dick Cheney as a potential witness in the perjury trial of Cheney’s former top aide, as jury selection began on Tuesday in the case which has cast a spotlight on how the White House justified war in Iraq.

The names of Cheney, Rice and her predecessor, Colin Powell, appeared on a long list of government officials and news reporters who may be called as witnesses or whose names may come up in the trial of Cheney’s former chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby.

Libby is charged with lying to investigators during a probe to determine who leaked the classified identity of a CIA operative whose husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, publicly criticized the Bush administration’s use of intelligence in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.

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