Saturday, February 25, 2006
The Old Man, The Birdshot, And The E-Mails
TalkLeft has this posted today:
At today's hearing in the Scooter Libby case, Patrick Fitzgerald told the defense the White House recently had turned over to his office 250 e-mails from Dick Cheney's office. Is Cheney in trouble? Jason Leopold reports:They were "found" two weeks ago? And turned over to Fitz last week? Two weeks ago was when Cheney, who may or may not have been drunk, but certainly was drinking, shot a seventy-eight-year-old man, Harry Whittington, in the face, neck and chest with birdshot, some of which actually penetrated to his heart and caused Whittington to have a "mild" heart attack. (Oh, and then Cheney tried to hush it up, hoping the media wouldn't hear about it.) One week ago was when it became obvious to all but the most deluded that this scandal was going to leave a lasting and negative mark on BushCo. Did Karl Rove decide that now was his big chance to remove his biggest competitor for Bush's ear? To quote Peggy Noonan, it would be irresponsible not to speculate.The emails are said to be explosive, and may prove that Cheney played an active role in the effort to discredit Plame Wilson's husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, a vocal critic of the Bush administration's prewar Iraq intelligence, sources close to the investigation said. Sources close to the probe said the White House "discovered" the emails two weeks ago and turned them over to Fitzgerald last week. The sources added that the emails could prove that Cheney lied to FBI investigators when he was interviewed about the leak in early 2004. Cheney said that he was unaware of any effort to discredit Wilson or unmask his wife's undercover status to reporters.
This could be fun. And that's not a speculation.
It would be irresponsible not to celebrate.
The White House "finding" these e-mails means that Bush has decided that Cheney is a liability. Doubtless there is one far more damaging one waiting to be found.
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