Prosecutors

‘Scooter’ Questions for Libby Prosecutor


The U.S. attorney who personally prosecuted I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby didn’t get any questions about the case when he taped a comedy radio show for National Public Radio at Chicago’s Millennium Park yesterday.

But NPR host Peter Sagal asked, well, related trivia questions during the taping of the show “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell me!” (Don’t read on if you want to wait for the broadcast Sunday at 7 p.m. EST.)

There were questions about the Segway scooter, Scooter the stagehand on the Muppets show, and the New York Yankee who has the same nickname as the convicted Bush administration official, Bloomberg News reports.

Fitzgerald received a standing ovation as he walked on stage. He talked about early jobs as a doorman and janitor, but not about President Bush’s commutation of Libby’s sentence for lying to authorities. The Chicago Tribune reports that he blushed when asked about his place in People’s Magazine’s list of the sexiest men alive.

Fitzgerald flunked the quiz, but an appeal commuted his answer of the final question to a win. He also received a parting gift: a scooter engraved with, “To Patrick Fitzgerald, USA. This one will stay where you put it.” Fitzgerald left the scooter backstage.

At least one admirer thinks Fitzgerald may be destined for the top law-enforcement job in the country, according to Bloomberg News. “I think he would make a spectacular attorney general,” said former Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Comey, who now works as general counsel at Lockheed Martin. “He certainly is one of the very best federal prosecutors in America.”

Fitzgerald ruled out another career option on the radio show. He said he would not run for public office.

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