"May 13, 2006 - The role of Vice President Dick Cheney in the criminal case stemming from the outing of White House critic Joseph Wilson's CIA wife is likely to get fresh attention as a result of newly disclosed notes showing that Cheney personally asked whether Wilson had been sent by his wife on a "junket" to Africa.
Cheney's notes, written on the margins of a July 6, 2003 New York Times op-ed column by former ambassador Joseph Wilson, were included as part of a filing Friday night by prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in the perjury and obstruction case against ex-Cheney chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
The notes, Fitzgerald said in his filing, show that Cheney and Libby were "acutely focused" on the Wilson column and on rebutting his criticisms of the White House's handling of pre-Iraq war intelligence. In the column, which created a firestorm after its publication, Wilson wrote that he had been dispatched by the CIA without pay to Niger in February, 2002 to investigate an intelligence report that Iraq was seeking uranium from the African country for a nuclear bomb. Wilson said he was told Cheney had asked about the intelligence,but the White House subsequently ignored his findings debunking the Niger claims.
In the margins of the op-ed, Cheney jotted out a series of questions that seemed to challenge many of Wilson's assertions as well as the legitimacy of his CIA sponsored trip to Africa: "Have they done this sort of thing before? Send an Amb. [sic] 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?"
"It is extremely rare, if not unprecedented, for Cheney's own notes to be made public..."
You don't say Mikey....
"The notes—apparently obtained as a result of a grand jury subpoena—would appear to make Cheney an even more central witness than had been previously thought in the criminal probe. "
THEY SUBPOENAED HIS COPY OF THE THE TIMES? WHAT? HE kept it around the office?
Well, Chris Matthews and Keith (Over the Wall) Olbermann will be back to having their mock impeachment sessions this week.
But the fact remains that no law says that the Vice President of the United States, or any official for that matter can't debunk a liar. Joe Wilson was then and still is a liar and a traitor to his nation, and nothing is going to change that.
His wife and rogue elements of the Agency conspired to send Wilson on a junket for no other reason but to help John Kerry win the 2004 election. That's the story, it's the only story there ever was.
Valerie (Vanity Fair) Plame was not then, and not for some time before - a 'covert agent', otherwise Fitz-Fizz would have charged somebody by now. He didn't, because she wasn't. Period.
What we have now is a out of control nutcase prosecution running amok. It may be time to put a stop to it.
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