Libby Bombshell: The Tom Cruise Connection

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One of the more entertaining revelations to come out in the Scooter Libby trial thus far, drawing a collective guffaw in the press gallery, arrived this afternoon in the testimony of Craig Schmall, Libby’s one-time CIA briefer. According to Schmall, during a briefing on June 14, 2003 at Libby’s home, the veep’s chief of staff brought up a recent meeting he’d had with Tom Cruise and his then-squeeze Penelope Cruz. Schmall, stifling laughter, reported that “Tom Cruise was there to talk” with Libby “about how Germany treats scientologists.” You can’t make that stuff up.

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