[eDebate] enter cheney

Jake Stromboli infracaninophile
Thu May 25 13:50:02 CDT 2006

ouch black thursday filing.   send dem white cuffs to president in charge of 
vice too.   double your handcuff budgets.   fuck these leaders, they are 


Cheney May Be Called in CIA Leak Case
????By Toni Locy
????The Associated Press

????Thursday 25 May 2006

????Washington - Could Vice President Dick Cheney be a star prosecution 
witness in the perjury trial of his former chief of staff?

????Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald suggested in a court filing Wednesday 
that Cheney would be a logical witness for the prosecution because the vice 
president could authenticate notes he jotted on a copy of a New York Times 
opinion column by a critic of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

????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 Libby learned CIA officer 
Valerie Plame's identity and what he later told reporters.

????Libby "shared the interests of his superior and was subject to his 
direction," the prosecutor wrote.

????"Therefore, the state of mind of the vice president as communicated to 
(the) defendant is directly relevant to the issue of whether (the) defendant 
knowingly made false statements to federal agents and the grand jury 
regarding when and how he learned about (Plame's) employment and what he 
said to reporters regarding this issue," according to the filing.

????Cheney's spokeswoman, Lea Anne McBride, said, "Since the inquiry relates 
to a case in the courts, I refer you to the Office of the Special Counsel."

????In the Times op-ed on July 6, 2003, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson 
- Plame's husband - accused the administration of twisting intelligence on 
Iraq to justify going to war.

????In 2002, the CIA sent Wilson to Niger to determine whether Iraq tried to 
buy uranium yellowcake from Niger to build a nuclear weapon. Wilson 
discounted the reports. But a version of the allegation, attributed to 
British intelligence, wound up in President Bush's State of the Union 
address in 2003.

????Cheney wrote on the article, "Have they done this sort of thing before? 
Send an ambassador to answer a question? Do we ordinarily send people out 
pro bono to work for us? Or did his wife send him on a junket?"

????Libby told the agents and the grand jury that he believed he had learned 
from reporters that Plame was married to Wilson and that he had forgotten 
that Cheney had told him that in the weeks before Wilson's article was 

????In his grand jury testimony, Libby said Cheney was so upset about 
Wilson's allegations that they discussed them daily after the article 
appeared. "He was very keen to get the truth out," Libby testified, quoting 
Cheney as saying, "Let's get everything out."

????Libby also testified that he did not recall seeing Cheney's notes on the 
Wilson article.

????Cheney viewed Wilson's allegations as a personal attack because the 
article suggested the vice president knew that Wilson had discounted the 
reports that Iraq had tried to buy the material from Niger.

????Eight days after Wilson's article, syndicated columnist Robert Novak 
identified Plame and suggested that she had played a role in the CIA's 
decision to send Wilson to Niger.

????Fitzgerald contends that Plame's status as a CIA officer was classified 
and that Libby was told that disclosing the identities of intelligence 
operatives like her could pose a danger.

????The prosecutor wants to use Cheney's notes on the Wilson article to 
corroborate other evidence that he says shows Libby lied about outing Plame 
to reporters.

????In a filing last week, Libby's lawyers said Fitzgerald would not call 
Cheney as a witness and would have a hard time getting the vice president's 
notes admitted into evidence at Libby's trial, which is scheduled for 

????"Contrary to defendant's assertion, the government has not represented 
that it does not intend to call the vice president as a witness at trial," 
Fitzgerald wrote. "To the best of government's counsel's recollection, the 
government has not commented on whether it intends to call the vice 
president as a witness."

????The fact that Cheney's notations included a reference to Wilson's wife 
makes it "more likely than not" that the vice president and Libby discussed 
her shortly after Wilson's article was published - and not weeks or months 
later as Libby told the grand jury, Fitzgerald wrote.

????Libby also told the grand jury that Cheney often scribbled on newspaper 
articles and kept them on a corner of his desk at the White House.

????"He often cut out from a newspaper an article using a little penknife 
that he has and put it on the edge of his desk," Libby testified, according 
to a transcript of the grand jury proceeding that Fitzgerald attached to his 

????Libby testified that Cheney would pull an article out of the pile later 
and "think about it."

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