Times reporter to appear again for grand jury

October 12, 2005|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

WASHINGTON -- New York Times reporter Judith Miller agreed yesterday to make a second appearance before a federal grand jury after turning over newly discovered notes and meeting with prosecutors investigating the outing of a CIA operative, the newspaper said.

Miller agreed to testify today to "supplement her earlier testimony," New York Times executive editor Bill Keller said in an e-mail to the Times staff.

The request, from special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald, followed a meeting between Miller and Fitzgerald yesterday at which the reporter turned over "additional notes" and answered questions, Keller said.

Fitzgerald is believed to be near the end of a 21-month investigation into whether the Bush White House illegally disclosed the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame in a bid to discredit an administration critic, former envoy Joseph C. Wilson IV, who is married to Plame.

The prosecutor has cast a wide net, interviewing numerous journalists and administration figures. They include White House political adviser Karl Rove, who is expected to make a fourth appearance before the grand jury this week.

Miller, 57, a Times investigative reporter and foreign correspondent, testified before the grand jury on Sept. 30 about conversations she had with vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Miller had initially refused to cooperate with Fitzgerald; she spent 85 days in jail for contempt of court.

She relented, she said, after Libby gave her personal assurances that allowed her to testify.

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