Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Libby Trial shows that Chainey held the reigns
Vice President Dick Cheney has been a central figure in the trial of his former aide, I. Lewis Libby Jr. Final arguments may be heard today.
Trial Spotlights Cheney’s Power as an Infighter
By JIM RUTENBERG
Published: February 20, 2007
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 — A picture taking shape from hours of testimony and reams of documents in the trial of I. Lewis Libby Jr. shatters any notion that the White House was operating as a model of cohesion throughout President Bush’s first term.
The trial against Mr. Libby has centered on a narrow case of perjury, with days of sparring between the defense and prosecution lawyers over the numbing details of three-year-old conversations between White House officials and journalists. But a close reading of the testimony and evidence in the case is more revelatory, bringing into bolder relief a portrait of a vice president with free rein to operate inside the White House as he saw fit in order to debunk the charges of a critic of the war in Iraq.