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'DC madam' lawyer: Cheney isn't not on phone records
Ron Brynaert
Published: Wednesday May 23, 2007
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Although ABC News claimed that an examination of Deborah Jeane Palfrey's phone records revealed that there weren't any more prominent ex-clients of the DC madam, that hasn't stopped the guessing games and rumour mills from working overtime.

"Vice President Cheney isnít not on the phone records of the alleged D.C. Madam, who is accused of running a high-price call-girl ring in Washington, the accused madamís lawyer said on Tuesday," Emily Heil reports for Roll Call. "But then again, the veep isnít on the list, he said ó not necessarily."

Heil continues, "Whatís that? Montgomery Blair Sibley, lawyer to alleged madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey, tossed out the age-old 'can neither confirm nor deny' teaser line while appearing with his client at Nathanís in Georgetown for one of the restaurantís Q&A Cafť chatting sessions. But clearly, the headline-hyping Sibley was eager to fan the flames of the bizarre Cheney escort-service rumor, which has popped up in some far corners of the blogosphere."

ď'We are investigating some numbers in the McLean area ... and if that turns something up, he might be called as a witness,' Sibley said, referring to the Virginia neighborhood that the vice president once called home," Roll Call reports.

A few weeks ago, DC gossip blog Wonkette gave "[t]hanks to the 700 people who sent in the latest 'anythingís possible' rumor from angry local blogger Wayne Madsen."

"ABC News all but dropped the story when Cheney threatened to jam that prop phone three feet up the ass of Brian Ross," Wonkette mocked. "Thatís why the formerly explosive scandal story instead got seven minutes at the end of whatever ABC News show Friday night."

According to Roll Call, "Palfrey and Sibley expressed disappointment, too, over the shortage of boldfaced names in ABCís reporting on the phone records."

At his website, Madsen mentioned that CBS late night host David Letterman referred to the Cheney rumour.

"Here's a story we're working on now," Letterman said, according to Madsen's account. "Apparently, there are rumors coming out of Washington that Vice President Dick Cheney, when he was the CEO of Halliburton, used to go visit prostitutes. This could explain why one girl was paid two billion dollars. I mean, I was thinking about this and Cheney ... I mean, going to a prostitute, that's ... I mean, I can't believe a good-looking guy like that would ever have to pay for sex, you know what I'm saying?"

Wonkette explained why its staffers were "underwhelmed by this rumor."

"Because even if itís a fact, which it probably is, thereís no way it would have any impact on Cheneyís 'career,'" Wonkette continued. "This is a draft-dodging half-human war criminal with a pregnant lesbian daughter who tells senators to fuck themselves and shoots his own friends in the face. Ordering an outcall hooker is positively innocent compared to the well-known things Cheney does every day."