What did Dick know?

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Bloomberg raises the question in their must-read Plame, et al story of the day:

A special counsel is focusing on whether Vice President Dick Cheney played a role in leaking a covert CIA agent's name, according to people familiar with the probe that already threatens top White House aides Karl Rove and Lewis Libby. ...
Fitzgerald has questioned Cheney's communications adviser Catherine Martin and former spokeswoman Jennifer Millerwise and ex-White House aide Jim Wilkinson about the vice president's knowledge of the anti-Wilson campaign and his dealings on it with Libby, his chief of staff, the people said. The information came from multiple sources, who requested anonymity because of the secrecy and political sensitivity of the investigation. [LINK]
While most experts now consider it all but inevitable that Rove and Libby are in trouble, a case against Cheney would have to establish him as an "active participant" in any smear campaign. Not only will that require the proverbial smoking gun, but as the article points out, Fitzgerald is different from other special prosecutors in one important way: "They reported to a panel of appellate judges, while Fitzgerald reports to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who at least theoretically must approve any indictment."

But even Gonzales may not be able to protect Cheney from a civil suit filed by Joe Wilson and his wife -- not after the Republicans fought so hard for Paula Jones' right to sue a sitting president.

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