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By on 10.30.05 | 4:23PM

"The truth is the engine of our judicial system, and if you compromise the truth, the whole process is lost.'' -- Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, last week, announcing the indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Chief of Staff of Vice President Dick Cheney, on two counts of making false statements to the FBI, two counts of perjury for lying to a grand jury, and one count of obstruction of justice.

"It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is." -- President Clinton, testifying before a grand jury in 1998, when asked whether he had previously lied under oath.

"Special Counsel Fitzgerald's investigation and ongoing legal proceedings are serious, and now the process moves into a new phase. In our system each individual is presumed innocent and entitled to due process and a fair trial." -- President Bush, commenting last week on the indictment of Scooter Libby.

"The great story here for anybody willing to find it, write about it and explain it is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president." -- Hillary Clinton, in January 1998, talking about the investigation by Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr into whether Bill Clinton had lied under oath.

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