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Letterman Fingers Cheney as D.C. John

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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If David Letterman jokes about it, it must be true, right? The gap-toothed comic got out a little bit ahead of the Washington press corps last night when he cracked jokes in his monologue about rumors of Dick Cheney's involvement in the D.C. Madam scandal. The charge—that Cheney was a regular client of Deborah Jeane Palfrey during his Halliburton days—had heretofore been retailed only on the blogs of weird and lonely people, and is dubious (yet delicious!) enough that even Wonkette greeted it with skepticism.

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But Letterman refused to let the trail go cold. "Here's a story we're working on now," he said during Wednesday night's monologue. "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?" A spokesperson for CBS declined comment.

Brian Ross, the ball is in your court.

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