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cheney on stand may be ‘great theater’

cheney on stand may be 'great theater'from new york times: This week, as Libby's defense attorneys try to show that he did not intentionally lie about his role in leaking the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame, Cheney is expected to make a historic appearance on the witness stand. It is an act of loyalty that carries considerable risk for Cheney...

But the first 10 days of testimony have already exposed some of the long-hidden workings of Cheney's vice presidency, revealing how deeply Cheney was engaged during 2003 in managing public relations as the Bush administration's case for war came under attack...

"This could be great theater," said Peter Shane, a law professor at Ohio State University. Anything Cheney says for the defense, Shane said, becomes "fair game" to be picked apart by the prosecution...

The trial is just the latest challenge for the vice president, who would enter the witness stand as one of the least popular leaders in recent history. Only 16 percent of respondents in the latest CBS News poll, released last month, said they had a favorable opinion of him.

#PumpUpThaVolume: September 18, 2020