Saturday, February 11, 2006

President Cheney's Goose Is Cooked (Part Two)

Trey Ellis

Fri Feb 10, 9:14 PM ET

Frankly, I'm surprised it's taken this long for the proof to come out that Scooter Libby was ordered and orchestrated by his boss, (Vice) President Dick Cheney to out Valerie Plame. Back in October when the indictments were being handed down I wrote part one on why the Vice President's days in office were numbered. Back then I remember reading this excerpt from Fitzgerald's indictment on talkingpointsmemo.com:

President and others to and from Norfolk, Virginia, on Air Force Two. On his return trip, LIBBY discussed with other officials aboard the plane what Libby should say in response to certain pending media inquiries, including questions from Time reporter Matthew Cooper. 23. On or about July 12, 2003, in the afternoon, LIBBY spoke by telephone to Cooper, who asked whether LIBBY had heard that Wilson's wife was involved in sending Wilson on the trip to Niger. LIBBY confirmed to Cooper, without elaboration or qualification, that he had heard this information too. It seems that this was the fateful flight where the Vice President and his chief of staff decided to break the law. Who else was on the plane? Did Karl Rove have any discussions with Mr. Libby about how to handle this matter politically? If he did not it would be one of the only times in Mr. Rove's entire career that he did not micro-manage a political crisis right at his doorstep. Rove is speculation, Cheney is fact. Cheney has been able, somehow, to duck the question since October however somebody, somewhere has to ask him point blank, "Did you authorize or otherwise encourage I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to reveal to members of the press that Ambassador Wilson's wife was an employee of the C.I.A.?" Mr. Libby has now testified that the Vice President did so. Unless Mr. Libby is perjuring himself (again), then Mr. Cheney's resignation should be on the President's desk before nightfall.

I mean how much worse than Watergate does it have to get?

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