By Charles Pugsley Fincher, A Spin-Off of

CBS News reported on Wednesday the following about George W. Bush seeking outside legal counsel in the investigation surrounding the outting of CIA agent Valerie Plame:

"President Bush has consulted an outside lawyer in case he needs to retain him in the grand jury investigation of who leaked the name of a covert CIA operative last year, the White House said Wednesday.

"There was no indication that Bush is a target of the leak investigation, but the president has decided that in the event he needs an attorney's advice, 'he would retain him,' White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan said.

"The lawyer is Jim Sharp, Buchan said, confirming a report by CBS Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts.

"In an exceptionally secretive process, Roberts reports, a federal grand jury has been hearing testimony since January from dozens of administration and government officials. The probe is aiming to pin down the source of the leak that identified Valerie Plame, wife of former ambassador Joe Wilson, as an undercover CIA agent.

"Wilson charges that Plame's cover was blown as payback for his challenge to President Bush's claim in last year's State of the Union address that Saddam Hussein was actively shopping for uranium to build a bomb." 06.03.04

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