A Cheney Aide Cooperating?
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
(SNN Washington) According to information The Raw Story, a senior aide to Vice President Dick Cheney is cooperating with special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is investigating the outing of CIA agent Valerie “the Flame” Plame Wilson.
Hannah has no respect for the law.
The aide named in the story is John Hannah, a former employee of John Bolton, on loan to the White House. But why would this highly placed administration official flip on Cheney. There are perhaps two possibilities. Perhaps Hannah has no respect for the law and decided to give complete factual information to the special prosecutor. Or, maybe Hannah was about to be indicted on solid evidence that he was a coconspirator and made a deal. There is a little supported third theory, that Hannah believes that Cheney no longer loves him.
the Vice President has been under a lot of stress lately.
In the defense of Vice President Cheney, the Vice President has been under a lot of stress lately. Being an older man under heavy stress with heart trouble and a recent surgery under his belt, maybe Cheney is currently unable to physically express his love to Hannah. However, perhaps Cheney should have realized that Hanaah was lonely, and been more generally affectionate.
The trick now is for Fitzgerald to make sure that his investigation is neither too narrow, nor too broad. While Fitzgerald may be able to make an airtight case for people like John Hannah and David Wurmser, it would be too few indictments to justify such a large investigation. However, if he were to implicate the chain of officials involved in this incident and related crimes, there would be very few left to keep the government running.