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This Week on the Right John Hannah Takes Libby’s Place as the VP’s National Security Adviser (Excerpted from new Right Web profile, which can be viewed at: https://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/2926) During the weeks leading up to the indictment of I. Lewis Libby, the vice president’s former chief of staff, a number of bloggers and pundits speculated on…

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John Hannah Takes Libby’s Place as the VP’s National Security Adviser

(Excerpted from new Right Web profile, which can be viewed at: https://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/2926)

During the weeks leading up to the indictment of I. Lewis Libby, the vice president’s former chief of staff, a number of bloggers and pundits speculated on whether John P. Hannah, then the principal deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney, was providing information to the special prosecutor that could be used to indict White House officials in the so-called PlameGate affair.

Although not charged, Hannah is mentioned

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