Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency

By Barton Gellman

The landmark exposé of the main strong and secretive vp in American history

Barton Gellman shared the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for a keen-edged reckoning with Dick Cheney?s family schedule in The Washington Post. In Angler, Gellman is going a long way past that sequence to tackle the total scope of Cheney?s paintings and its outcomes, together with his hidden function within the Bush administration?s such a lot fateful offerings in conflict: moving concentration from al Qaeda to Iraq, unleashing the nationwide safeguard service provider to secret agent at domestic, and selling ?cruel and inhumane? tools of interrogation. filled with clean insights and untold tales, Gellman components the curtains of secrecy to teach how the vice chairman operated and what he wrought.

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There have been hot greetings throughout. In overdue January, Goldsmith and Addington lower a deal. Comey could get his read-in. Goldsmith might get off the fence concerning the software. “They’d get a definitive resolution from me by way of the subsequent deadline,” he acknowledged. “You’re the pinnacle of the place of work of felony information, and in case you say we can't do that factor legally, we’ll close it off,” Addington advised him. be at liberty to inform the president that his most crucial intelligence operation has to prevent. Your name, Jack. Goldsmith desired to repair the article, no longer cease it.

Round-faced and bookish, he gave off a deceptive air of mystery of softness. He had lettered in soccer, baseball, and football at Pine Crest highschool in citadel Lauderdale. The son of a pass over Teenage Arkansas and a father who “blew via his belief fund” and disappeared, Goldsmith spent his teenage years with the mob-connected Teamster who married his mom. He used to be no longer a bare-knuckled brawler in Addington’s mould, yet Goldsmith arrived at Justice without much less highbrow self-confidence and self-discipline.

Greater than $1. five trillion. Trillion! He wouldn’t do it. The plan used to be radical, unaffordable, unimaginable. A full-court press all started. leader of employees Andy Card invited Chafee to the White apartment on March 26. Chafee wouldn’t budge. One week later, April 2, a well mannered retainer approached Chafee after a vote. “The vice chairman wish to check with you. ” Now? Now. Chafee undefined. Cheney used to be ready. provided a chair. “The president and that i think strongly approximately this one,” he acknowledged. What approximately what i think? Chafee questioned. Will he ask what i've got on my brain?

But Addington interceded many times as an editor. sooner or later in the course of Goldsmith’s first month, Addington despatched a scathing e mail to an OLC line lawyer, complaining that the legal professional didn't give some thought to the query of congressional jurisdiction. He stated a 1995 case and demanded a rewrite. Goldsmith learn the case, disagreed with Addington, and informed the legal professional to go away his memo because it used to be. If the criminal factor was once inconsequential, Goldsmith’s independence was once now not. in the meantime, Goldsmith have been learning the distinct surveillance software with turning out to be unease.

Nobody yet Cheney can say evidently whilst he started to see a vice chairman within the reflect. by means of agreeing to control the quest, notwithstanding, Cheney did whatever he does in addition to someone in Washington. He positioned himself within the in basic terms vantage aspect that may express him how a lot time he had left to choose. Had Bush displayed indicators of making a choice on another individual, Cheney may were the 1st to understand. What Cheney didn't decide to do, greater than what he did, deals the most powerful proof of an goal to maintain his techniques open.

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