Podcast: Q&A With Barton Gellman on the Cheney Legacy
While Dick Cheney may be the most powerful vice president in the history of the United states, we may never fully understand the secrets behind his extraordinary influence. That's according to Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman, who sat down recently with washingtonpost.com's Travis Fox to reflect on some of the most revelatory aspects of his new book, "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency."
During the last 7 1/2 years in office, Gellman said, Cheney has taken great pains to conceal presidential deliberations on the most important decisions. He has hidden the inner workings of his office behind new classification stamps and declarations of executive privelege, and by not keeping executive records the way they are customarily kept. Just last week, an advocacy group filed a federal lawsuit in an attempt to force Cheney to maintain and disclose his files under the Presidential Records Act of 1978.
"Even history, which Cheney describes as his ultimate judge, is not going to have all the evidence," Gellman said.
On Cheney's role in authorizing the military to shoot down commercial airliners after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks:
On how the leak of Valerie Plame's identity damaged his office:
On how Cheney kept President Bush in the dark about grave objections by the Justice Department to the administration's warrantless wiretapping program:
By Amanda Zamora |
September 17, 2008; 10:09 AM ET
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