This story from the OPed News archives:
Consider this: WMR (Wayne Madsen Report) is now reporting specifically who at ABC News’ 20/20 became fully aware of not only Cheney’s use of the escort service, but dozens more “high profile” names – culled from the phone records only since 2002 (the escort services full records go back to 1994). ABC’s crack team was reportedly gagged by their bosses after concerned calls from the White House. This would be amazing if true, yet no White House denial has been forthcoming as of this writing…
WMR also reports that the DC Madam first came under DOJ scrutiny after US Attorney Thomas DiBiagio got a crooked cop Ed Norris (a pal of NYC Police Commish Bernard Kerik) to squeal on the escort service in May 2004, admitting the service had received illicit payouts from official police funds. Less then a year after Norris was hired as State Superintendent by Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich, another US Attorney, Johnathan Luna, who had also investigated Norris and Kerik back in NY turned up murdered in December of 2003. Luna at the time was working under DiBagio on the DC Madam case, finding Ehrlich and lobbyist Jack Abramoff were DC Madam clients. Then, DiBiagio became the first U.S. Attorney fired by the Justice Department after Bush’s re-election in 2004. Vastly underreported, DiBagio’s probe had linked Republican governor Ehrlich to Bob Ney, Tom DeLay, Duke Cunningham and others but the investigation died when he was fired.
a bit of an update here:
In fact, when the news broke, Bush’s “AIDS Czar” Randall Tobias, a former Eli Lilly top exec, resigned in shame. He should have stalled a bit like Louisiana Senator David Vitter did – the story was going to be killed, according to Wayne Madsen who named the ABC employee that pulled the plug after White House pressure. (note: the WMR is a subscription-only service)
Madsen expanded on the story after ABC dropped it, to allege that convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff was a client, as well as a lawyer in Rudy Giuliani’s firm.