Cheney, Addington and Libby: Part Two

Murray Waas and Paul Singer, writing at the National Journal, have more on Cheney Counsel David Addington and his involvement in the Valerie Plame probe. They state that Addington did nothing criminally wrong. But, there are other issues.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller does not sound pleased with Addington, who has been mentioned in recent weeks as a likely replacement for Libby as Cheney's Chief of Staff.

as a pivotal member of the vice president's office, Addington also attended strategy sessions in 2003 on how to discredit Wilson when the former ambassador publicly charged that the Bush administration misled the country in pushing its case for war, according to attorneys in the CIA leak probe.

Further, Addington played a leading role in 2004 on behalf of the Bush administration when it refused to give the Senate Intelligence Committee documents from Libby's office on the alleged misuse of intelligence information regarding Iraq. Because Addington may be in line to succeed Libby, the Intelligence Committee-White House battle over the documents has sparked new interest on Capitol Hill.

Will this be enough to sink Addington's promotion to Chief of Staff to Cheney? Stay tuned, and check Murray's blog for updates.

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    Re: Cheney, Addington and Libby: Part Two (none / 0) (#1)
    by MikeDitto on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:34 PM EST
    Addington is also a principal architect of the legalization of torture according to Andrew Sullivan.

    Re: Cheney, Addington and Libby: Part Two (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:34 PM EST
    The circle is too small. Every former chief of staff on Russert this am said there is a proven strategy for second term disaster recovery. Two deal breakers are admission and apology (best, "though I believe in my heart I'm right I guess in [reality] sic I'm wrong" For Bush "doing Jesus' work/mysterious ways" would shore up the base just fine. The second is clearing house. Prediciton: Bush rewards loyalty and has a small trust circle - he will rally round the co-conspirators "stay the course" and spin like hell. McLellan will be first to go. Bush can't replace Rove so Cheney may be the sacrificial lamb - and continue pulling the strings from behind. Legislators?? Are you out there? Hello....... (echo falling on deaf ears). The democrats better come up with better than boo hooing from across the aisle. I'm looking for one honest credible politician to be the first mia culpa on not vetting the war. He or she will be my presidential candidate.