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Libby unlikely to get requested records

May 5, 2006 at 10:06 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- A U.S. district judge warned I. Lewis Libby's lawyers Friday he is unlikely to grant a motion for all records on Joseph Wilson's fact-finding trip to Niger.

Judge Reggie Walton suggested the documents would be a distraction for a jury, The Washington Post reported.

"I'm just not going to let this case turn into a judicial resolution of the legitimacy of the war or the accuracy of the president's State of the Union address," Walton said.

Wilson -- sent to Niger to check on a report that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had tried to buy yellowcake uranium in the African nation -- concluded that the reports was false. After President George W. Bush cited the Niger yellowcake claim in his 2003 State of the Union address, Wilson went public with an op-ed piece in The New York Times.

Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, is accused of lying to federal investigators about the leak of the identity of Wilson's wife, CIA agent Valerie Plame.

Libby's lawyer, Ted Wells, says he hopes to prove that Wilson lied about his findings.

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