Thursday, May 25, 2006

who gets thrown under the bus?

The AP is reporting that a recent court filing by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald suggests that Vice President Dick Cheney could be called to testify in the trial of his former henchman Scooter Libby.

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.

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.”

So what do you think? If (and I think this is a big, big “if”) Vice President Cankles is called to the stand, do you think he’ll back up his former loyal servant on this, or contradict him? Or, will he take the 5th? (That would be a good one, no?)

Or, will he just grunt, say “9/11” a couple of times, and then use the witness stand as a soapbox to once again lie about the non-existent connections between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda?

Yeah, I’m feeling that one, too. I guess when the Veep is involved, the truth gets thrown under the bus.


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