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CNN Evening News for Friday, Apr 07, 2006
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(Studio: Heidi Collins) Report introduced.

(Washington: Candy Crowley) Accusations that President Bush authorized the leaking of intelligence before the war in Iraq examined; details given about the grand jury testimony by Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby that he received approval from the president in July 2003 to leak the national intelligence to back the case for war in Iraq. [White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN - spins about a "leak."] [Earlier, BUSH - speaks about leaks.] [Senator Harry REID - criticizes the Bush administration.] The art of the leak from Alexander Hamilton to Monica Lewinsky recalled. [CNN correspondent David ENSOR†- talks about the leaks designed to affect the policy wars in Washington.] [Former Clinton aide Paul BEGALA†- recounts President Bill Clinton approach to leaks to the press.]

(Studio: Heidi Collins) Taped interview held with former presidential adviser David Gergen about Bush & leaks. [GERGEN - says there is a significant political problem for the president as indicated by McClellan's sidestepping the matter; assesses the Democrats' chances of exploiting the leak issue in the November elections; states Bush does not seem to be behind the smear of Valerie Plame & that the president will have to answer questions about this; questions the administration's policy on leaks.]

Collins, Heidi;
Crowley, Candy

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