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Cheney May Be Called in CIA Leak Case

Posted on May 25, 2006
Cheney and Libby

Vice President Dick Cheney and his former chief of staff, Scooter Libby.

Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald wrote that Cheney would be a logical witness in the proceedings against his former chief of staff, Scooter Libby.


Vice President Dick Cheney could be called to testify in the perjury case against his former chief of staff, a special prosecutor said in a court filing Wednesday.

Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald suggested Cheney would be a logical government witness because he could authenticate notes he jotted on a July 6, 2003, New York Times opinion piece by a former U.S. ambassador critical of the Iraq war.

Fitzgerald said Cheney’s “state of mind” is “directly relevant” to whether I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the vice president’s former top aide, lied to FBI agents and a federal grand jury about how he learned about CIA officer Valerie Plame’s identity and what he subsequently told reporters.


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By Bill, May 26, 2006 at 7:03 am Link to this comment
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Dateline, November 3,1976: “Niccolo Machiavelli, I’d like to introduce you to Richard Cheney. Richard, this is Niccolo Machiavelli, the man whose book you’ve professed so much admiration for.  You two have a LOT in common, so I’ll leave you to ‘chat’....”

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By cognitorex, May 25, 2006 at 11:30 am Link to this comment
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If emulation is the highest form of flattery, Dick Cheney should feel most flattered.

Right and left leaning politicians, pundits and journalists asked, in the aftermath of Scooter’s indictments, “ Why ..what could possibly be his motive for continuing to make (false) statements so at odds with the facts, even at odds with his own notes?”

The “Daily Show” has run clips of Cheney ferociously denying having made a certain statement, followed by archive footage of Mr. Cheney saying exactly that. Don Imus, of “Imus In The Morning” smilingly quips, referring to the V.P., “His lips are moving, so you know he’s lying.”

Mr. Cheney’s hairdresser, one Miss Mila Darcey, who is well known for haircuts in the oilpatch, adoringly opines that people don’t get it. She argues that Dick Cheney, in actuality, is the most honest pol in Washington because he lies so totally, blatantly and obviously. Other politicians at least infer that they are telling the truth. Dick Cheney makes no such effort when he promulgates his oft repeated fatties.

Having thus been home schooled in the Veep’s contortion of a values’ system, it may well be that Scooter was simply confused.

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By Jonathan Winfield, May 25, 2006 at 9:10 am Link to this comment
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I think Bill has a good point, but consider also that any mud that can be made to stick will negatively impact this administration’s ability to get things done in Congress, and can only improve the chances of Dems winning control of Congress in November.  Some republicans I know are more ticked off about the Plame case than anything else!

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By bill hicks, May 25, 2006 at 5:03 am Link to this comment
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I say leave the man alone. He has a big job running this country while the president continues to tumble. Let this one go, you will never knock him down with petty charges like this.

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