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After Indictment, White House Names Replacements for Libby

By Richard W. Stevenson
THE NEW YORK TIMES


WASHINGTON

The White House on Monday made its first personnel moves since the indictment on Friday of Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby Jr., naming two longtime aides to Mr. Cheney, both of whom were questioned in the C.I.A. leak investigation, to take on Mr. Libby’s duties.

Mr. Cheney’s office said David S. Addington, the vice president’s counsel, would become his chief of staff, and John P. Hannah, who had been principal deputy assistant to the vice president for national security affairs, would become Mr. Cheney’s assistant for national security.

Lea Anne McBride, Mr. Cheney’s press secretary, said Mr. Addington’s new job would also carry with it another title that had been held by Mr. Libby, assistant to the president, placing him in the senior ranks of the White House staff.

Mr. Addington was referred to by job title in the indictment of Mr. Libby on Friday, and appears likely to be called as a witness should Mr. Libby’s case go to trial. The indictment referred to a conversation Mr. Libby held with the vice president’s counsel on July 8, 2003, in which Mr. Libby asked what paperwork the Central Intelligence Agency might keep if an employee’s spouse took an overseas trip.

At the time, according to the indictment, Mr. Libby was compiling information about a trip to Africa undertaken by a former diplomat, Joseph C. Wilson IV, whose wife, Valerie Wilson, was a C.I.A. officer. Ms. Wilson’s identity was later made public, leading to an investigation into whether administration officials had leaked her name.

Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the special prosecutor, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, said Mr. Addington was the counsel referred to in the indictment. Mr. Addington was not charged with any wrongdoing.

Mr. Hannah was not referred to in the indictment, but like most of Mr. Cheney’s aides, was questioned during the investigation. Mr. Hannah’s lawyer, Thomas Green, told Newsweek last week that Mr. Hannah was not a target of Mr. Fitzgerald’s investigation and “knew nothing” about the leak.