Libby Gets Lift From "Law And Order" Star Fred Thompson

Washington (AP) - A familiar face showed up in court today at the Scooter Libby trial.

Former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson sat in the public gallery with Libby's public relations person, Barbara Comstock.

Thompson served one term in the Senate, then decided not to seek re-election, choosing instead to portray a New York City prosecutor on the NBC television series "Law And Order."

He came to the Washington courtroom today to listen as NBC Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert was cross examined by the defense.

At one point, Libby's wife, Harriet Grant, went back and sat beside Thompson. They hugged, laughed and chatted for a few minutes before she returned to her seat in the front row.

Asked why he came Thompson said, "I'm a friend of Scooter Libby and his family."

Last May, Thompson hosted a fundraiser at his northern Virginia home to raise money for Libby's defense.

Libby is a former Vice Presidential Aide charged with lying to the FBI and a grand jury about his conversations with reporters concerning CIA Operative Valerie Plame. He's also accused of obstructing an investigation of how her identity and CIA job were leaked to the press in 2003.

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