"I doubt Cheney faces anything more than perhaps some unpleasant testimony , but if he is indicted for anything it would more likely be for his role in the cover-up.
IIPA is not merely a specific intent crime; it has a heightened intent requirement compared to most specific intent statutes.
If it could be shown he encouraged Libby (or someone else) to lie to investigators or before the GJ or concealed/destroyed evidence, etc., he coould be charged for that.
The investigation is ongoing, and you never know for sure what libby or someone else might do under pressure."
i then asked:
"if Cheney does get charged with any cover-up offences, can that cover-up then be used to infer the 'heightened intent'?"
"Possibly. That would require a very fact specific inquiry. Under some circumstances post hoc efforts to conceal an act could be considered relevant as to state of mind at the prior time of the act. "and WakeUp elaborated at length if you are interested.