Washington, DC (UPSI) – Early this morning, Vice President Dick Cheney was taken into custody by federal marshals from an undisclosed location in Washington. The vice president was apparently taken into custody under orders from federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald as a result of recent disclosures during the trial of Cheney’s former assistant, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. Libby is currently on trial for charges of perjury in regards to the investigation into the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame. Cheney also has only been charged with perjury at this point.
A spokesperson for federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald stated that the decision to formally arrest and charge the vice president came as a result of new information and damning disclosures from the opening days of the trial. Yesterday, Cathy Martin a former Cheney communications director confirmed the administration’s embarrassing close associations with particular reporters as well as the administration’s long suspected use of the tactic of the “Friday news dump”.
“When you actually bring a case to trial, it begins to look a little different,” stated the Fitzgerald spokesperson. “What once used to look like a weak case against someone may look a little stronger based on the strength of your witness testimony.”
Ironically, the vice president reportedly had stated that he would agree to testify for the defense on behalf of his former assistant.
“With the direction of the testimony over the last few days, we felt like we just couldn’t take the chance that Mr. Cheney might renege,” stated Fitzgerald’s spokesperson. “New evidence has also come to light that has convinced us that we now have a viable case against the vice president.”
Rumors have been circulating that Fitzgerald may have begun negotiating with the Libby defense team after the first few days of opening testimony, in which Libby may be seeking a plea bargain in return for testimony. Fitzgerald’s spokesperson refused to confirm or deny the rumor, stating cryptically that “the Aspen does appear to be changing”.