Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Refresher Course: The 25th Amendment

The usually reliable, although not invariably correct, Raw Story is reporting late Wednesday that ...
A second aide to Vice President Dick Cheney is cooperating with the special prosecutor's probe into the outing of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, those close to the investigation say.

Late Monday, several sources familiar with Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s probe said John Hannah, a key aide to Vice President Dick Cheney and one of the architects of the Iraq war, was cooperating with Fitzgerald after being told that he was identified by witnesses as a co-conspirator in the leak. Sources said Hannah was not given immunity, but was likely offered a “deal” in exchange for information that could result in indictments of key White House officials.
Also today, the New York Times reported that...
The special counsel in the C.I.A. leak case has told associates he has no plans to issue a final report about the results of the investigation, heightening the expectation that he intends to bring indictments, lawyers in the case and law enforcement officials said yesterday.
Separately, veteran Washington D.C. reporter Thomas M. DeFrank, co-author of James Baker's memoirs, reported for the New York Daily News that multiple White House insiders have told him Karl Rove confessed to George Bush "two years ago" that he played a role in smearing CIA undercover agent Valerie Plame in an attempt...
to discredit Plame's husband, Joseph Wilson, the ex-diplomat who criticized Bush's claim that Saddam Hussen tried to buy weapons-grade uranium in Niger.

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Bush did not feel misled so much by Karl and others as believing that they handled it in a ham-handed and bush-league way," the source said.
"Sparked" by that story, U.S. News & World Report reports today ...
government officials and advisers passed around rumors that the vice president might step aside and that President Bush would elevate Secretary of State Condoleezza.
With all of this, it's time for a refresher course in --

Amendment XXV of the U.S. Constitution

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Section 2. Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.

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