FBI: Dick Cheney Failed to Recollect Information on 72 Occasions in Plame Investigation

225px-richard_cheney_2005_official_portraitFormer Vice President Dick Cheney found himself in the same position of not only his aide Scooter Libby but countless criminal defendants. He simply could not remember a thing about his involvement in the leaks involving Valerie Plame. Indeed, he had little recollection of his own actions on 72 occasions — even after shown material with his own writing.

The recently released documents only reinforce the view of some of us that federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was far from the “junk yard dog” that he was portrayed to be in the media. I have been quite critical of the Fitzgerald investigation which seemed to me conspicuously restrained vis-a-vis high-ranking officials like Karl Rove and Cheney. I never understood why Fitzgerald treated Cheney as such a protected figure and gave people like Rove endless opportunities to get his sworn statements right before the grand jury. Fitzgerald said at the time that “there is a cloud over the vice president,” but he still declined to further investigate Cheney or seek an indictment — while going after Libby for what would appear a weaker case of claimed faulty memory.

Libby indicated that it was Cheney who told him Plame’s identity. Fitzgerald seemed to go out of his way to give Cheney every opportunity of escape, including allowing the sharing of investigative material.
Fitzgerald never focused on Cheney even after his lawyer Terrence O’Donnell refused to promise that Cheney would not speak to other witnesses.

150px-Scooter_Libby While Libby remembered going to Cheney with his notes showing Cheney to be the source of the Plame information, Cheney told the investigatior that he could not “recall Scooter Libby telling him how he first heard of Valerie Wilson. It is possible Libby may have learned about Valerie Wilson’s employment from the vice president … but the vice president has no specific recollection of such a conversation.”

Cheney refused to even answer some questions outright.

On other questions, clarity seemed to break through the confusion. While claiming little recollection on major points, Cheney appears to have had an excellent memory on such issues as such politically sensitive questions as whether Plame’s employment was discussed in connection to her husband Joe Wilson’s criticism of the Administration.

The Justice Department has prosecuted witnesses for such telling gaps in memory. With Cheney, Fitzgerald seemed intent on leaving him as a conveniently absent-minded witness while moving against his top aide.

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33 thoughts on “FBI: Dick Cheney Failed to Recollect Information on 72 Occasions in Plame Investigation”

  1. Buddha wrote this sentence:

    “See how well that works out for you “elites” in the long run.”
    ____________________________________________

    Unfortunately, it has worked, is working, and will continue to work quite splendidly; there is virtually nothing we citizens can do to rebottle the big, fat genie of corruption and bribes given the narrow bottleneck of our current system of “justice.”

    Throughout my 5 full decades-plus of life I have been fortunate to have experienced freedom and to have seen real justice; however, I doubt that my son, his family, and others will have the opportunities that my generation experienced.

    Just prior to my retirement—and for almost 4 years since—I have exposed irrefutable evidence of governmental lies and falsification of documents by public “servants.” However, there is essentially no retribution meted to those State and Federal agency personnel and the only recourse is to expose them in newspaper articles, which does not matter to them because you cannot shame people who have no shame in their character.

    The most likely outcome for those attempting idealistic reform within the “system” is forced ‘early’ retirement or job loss; those outside the system have even fewer opportunities to effect change. Unfortunately, I can speak from having experienced both venues.

    Clearly, if Mr. Obama continues in his current path, I think we citizens have lost any chance of reforming our corrupt systems of government. Obama has apparently tasted the elixir of power and only those having strong character and willfulness can resist the corruption that inevitably follows.

    Mr. Cheney is just one high-level example among the many levels of corruption within government; unfortunately, the lazy, uninformed, ignorant, and biased electorate is largely to blame—that being, we the people. When we do vote, we select rigid ideologues who champion biased, self-serving ideologies instead of voting for fair-minded legislators/lawmakers, executives, and judges who want what is best for all citizens within our society.

  2. I don’t understand why Fitzgerald didn’t waterboard Cheney for information. It’s likely a little “enhanced interrogation” of that sort might work on a chickenhawk/draft dodger like Dick within milliseconds.

  3. I’m with you Buddha. Cheney and the neocons have done more damage to America than al quaida could have ever dreamed of doing. Unfortunately for the sake of justice, hasn’t the expiration date passed on these crimes already? Unless of course you go with either treason on the Plame issue or try the RICO Act on Cheney and his neopals.

  4. The first thing to happen, I believe, will occur in the real economy. Everyone’s seen the bailouts while they are losing their jobs, homes, and if they had it to begin with, health care. Many people who looked down on others for being without these things will themselves be out of them. Because of the fudge on unemployment figures, you can double the official numbers. CIT is going down and they lent to many small businesses. It’s really the small businesses who provided most of the real economy’s jobs. I know a lot of these small business owners. They are going down.

    There will be a point when very large numbers of people cannot pay any of their debts. People have been using credit to survive. When that stops even the banking industry will suffer. The govt. can’t keep bailing the wealthy out forever. We are printing money and we’re prosecuting three wars. We have promised about 27 trillion to the financial industry. Of course, the wealthy assume they will get this money from everyone else, but the numbers don’t add up.

    At this point the govt. will have to do something. It is obvious that they have no intention of actually helping the middle, poor and working class. So far they have taken actions to bail out the top 2%, their BFFs. They have not prosecuted people at that level for financial wrongdoing. Instead, they have appointed them to the highest places in the govt. They have also failed to enact regulations and instead set up a system that guarantees another financial bubble. They have hidden their wrongdoing and lies from the public much as they have on past and present war crimes.

    What I have seen this govt. do is dry runs on inciting the public. They were successful several times now in eliciting the population to turn against each other. They then ratcheted down the citizen on citizen hatred because it didn’t serve their needs at the time. But they have proof of concept. People will turn on each other, instead of seeing the real source of their suffering. People will not oppose the elites because they will be turning on each other.

    This is something we as citizens must work hard at avoiding. We need a united stand against those people in our govt. and our corporations who collectively, harm us. We must absolutely not be fooled by the corporate state into turning on each other. Every time you see a swell of citizen hatred, step back and look deeply. Who benefits? What is going on? What is true about the situation and what untruths are being attached to the parts that are true?

    If we don’t ask questions, the govt. can sit back and let us destroy each other.

  5. Buddha,
    Your rant breathed the fire of truth and pain. I am right there with you on the battlements. This thread though and the health care debate has caused me to reflect on what is now I think the primary issue of our democracy, before which all others, health care, war, social inequity and prejudice fail. That issue is the reform of our electoral system. Money rules America and always has. What is different in today’s corporatist set up is that there are few journalistic outlets presenting unbiased reportage. Our Beltway denizens have become courtiers to the corporate interests and sadly that includes some on the left who are Village insiders. Bribery, in the form of campaign contribution has become so much the norm, that few see it as even peculiar. Nothing of true value can be produced from any US government and politically the issue is who does less harm. The only solution that you aptly point out is common disgust on the part of the overwhelming majority of people and the will to express it.

  6. “But this will all go away if we ignore it long enough.”

    This is the sentence that destroys America and will eventually lead to open season on politicians.

    So by all means, Washington, keep it up. I want nothing more than to see what happened to Mussolini happen to Cheney.

    So please.

    KEEP

    ON

    LYING

    AND

    STEALING

    See how well that works out for you “elites” in the long run.

    Unlike your lot, I can spell “bludgeoned”. Unlike your lot, I can see the open hands turning to closed fists. Unlike your lot, I believe the Constitution is the most important part of our legal system and should be protected above and beyond the lust for personal profit held by amoral scumabags from either party. Unlike your lot, I’m about tired of talking about it and about ready to do something about it.

    PROSECTUTE BUSH/CHENEY NOW!

    Restore the Rule of Law or don’t be surprised when We the People burn your little graft playhouse down and run you into the woods with an angry mob hot on your trail. We’ll bring our own rope.

    Or you can avoid the unpleasantness now by putting the Neocons on trial for war crimes, fraud and theft.

    Don’t forget! It’s your choice not to prosecute and your choices will have consequences. It’s YOUR choice to keep screwing us over, Washington. Think about that next time an insurance company, bank or defense contractor pays you to look the other way at their illegalities. I don’t want to hear “campaign contribution” as an excuse either. We’re all adults here who understand graft – it’s like porno, we know it when we see it. It’s YOUR BAD ACTIONS, Republicans and Democrats and Lobbyists douche bags inside the Beltway. Don’t come crying to me when one of your lot eats it, got it? Because it’s my choice not to care if someone who has proven REPEATEDLY to be a bad actor not looking out for my interests despite it being their PAID JOB and SWORN DUTY gets the crap knocked out of them. Not only will I choose to be indifferent to YOUR suffering, I’m likely to laugh a lot at this point. To quote the Batman, “I’m not going to kill you, but I don’t have to save you either.”

    I do so find karma amusing.

  7. Poor Scooter. He had the misfortune to be under oath while being questioned by Fitzgerald, unlike his boss who was just invited to sit down for a chat with the prosecutor.

  8. “I do not recall” is the new “I respectfully invoke my rights under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.”

  9. And to think that Cheney was at the command of Haliburton. Me thinks that he was just a figure head of one of Ladybird’s companies.

  10. Cheney couldn’t begin to explain vengeance or revenge as his motivation for breaking his oath to uphold constitution.

    Power aggregating maroon!

  11. Dick Cheney is the poster child for Republican criminalism. I am astounded why he is still walking around free at this time. He is a lying sack of human excrement that should be behind bars by now.

  12. I went door-to-door for Obama. I did my best to help him get elected. I believed that Obama was principled enough to at least appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Bush administration for criminal misconduct. Obama said he would, but I guess he was lying to me. You simply can’t trust any politician to do the right thing.

  13. When I think of Cheney and his memory losses I am reminded of an old quote from Abraham Lincoln:

    “He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then when sentence was about to be pronounced pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan”

  14. As Cousin Vinny said: “There is no way this isn’t going to trial.” If the administration thinks it can silence citizen demand for Justice, it is badly mistaken.

    It’s more important than any issue Obama faces, including health care, the Afghanistan War, and Fox Detritus, Inc. combined. Because an America without laws is a dead, lawless, and helpless country. It remains in free fall until restoration of the Law beginning from the top saves it.

    If the President thinks the furor over healthcare is great, fail to fully prosecute both Cheney and the Neo Cons will be a real shocker. That would be tantamount to launching an attack against American Justice and it’s culture, just like Bush, then ignoring the People’s right to legal redress.

    Not in America.

  15. You people are so negative. The reason Dick can’t remember things isn’t because he’s a liar, it’s because of the effects of living in too many undisclosed locations. These ULs are shielded from EMFs so as not to interfere with Dick’s communications. One day, the shields went down in one of the shelters that’s closer to the earth’s surface than most of ’em. Gull-darn it!, the EMFx came in and attacked his brain. They went into only those parts that held these specific memories while everything else was left intact. They also attacked his ability to recognize his own handwriting, especially that sentence, “GET HIM” he had written on the newspaper. So really, everyone should feel sorry for Dick. He did his best to recall but with EMF attacks, he can’t be held accountable. (EMFs stands for egregious memory farts.)

    Mike S.

    What you wrote above is absolutely true.

  16. That Cheney’s “failure of memory” leads one to presume his guilt is indeed a valid reaction. What is needed is to bring to light the documentation that proves his lying. Whether we as a society have the courage to do so is the problem. The question is how can we not? The other side to it is that too many on the side of justice lack the courage to prosecute this obvious criminal. Yet the failure to prosecute, only ensures that the vile practices of this past corrupt administration will become our government’s standard of operation.

  17. Unbelievable! This is the judiciary branch aiding and abetting the rise of the “imperial” executive branch. Now, maybe America needs to take its cue from the French who just indicted former president Jacques Chirac…

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