July 16th, 2008
12:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Bush keeps Cheney's CIA leak interview under wraps

President Bush used executive privilege to avoid turning over FBI interviews with Vice President Cheney.
President Bush used executive privilege to avoid turning over FBI interviews with Vice President Cheney.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Bush has blocked the release of Vice President Dick Cheney's interview with investigators probing the leak of a CIA agent's identity, invoking executive privilege Wednesday to keep that document and others under wraps.

Bush asserted the privilege claim at the request of Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who has been under pressure from a congressional committee to turn over the transcript of Cheney's interview, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said. Mukasey argued that releasing the transcript would discourage
future witnesses from being questioned outside grand jury proceedings.

The records stem from the investigation into the 2003 exposure of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, whose husband had accused the Bush administration of twisting the intelligence used to justify the invasion of Iraq. Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was convicted of obstructing justice and perjury in connection with the disclosure, but was not charged with leaking her name.


Filed under: Dick Cheney • President Bush
soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Ms. RDS

    Bush Administration involved in yet another cover up....what else is new?

    July 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Dave in Atlanta

    And McCain's comment on this is?

    July 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    After this administration is ushered out of office, the hearings, indictments and trials should begin – immediately.

    This administration has shown the most disdain for the basic rule of law and respect of the U.S. Constitution I have ever seen, and I thought that was impossible after Nixon!

    But it was important to impeach and try a man for getting his jollies in the White House, right?!

    July 16, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. whiner

    of course. they dont want to go to jail ,before they establish their 'legacy'.

    July 16, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Rob, Canada

    I can't believe Bill Clinton was impeached for far less.

    July 16, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    This is not news we know the media is scared to death of the Bush Crime Family. So why report CNN, NBC and ABC will newver go after these guys the media just answers yes master.

    July 16, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    those 2 thugs belong in JAIL!!!

    their snubbing of the constitution and the will of the americans is despicable, unprecedented, criminal, inexcusable... and they dont give it any more thought than they do on their lunch order. they are both so dead inside, they are disgusting!

    dont forget, americans, JOHN MCCAIN SUPPORTS AND BELIEVES IN THESE THUGS AND THEIR POLICIES!!! voting for mccain is completely ridiculous-and totally UNAMERICAN!!!!!

    July 16, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. blaising

    Wake up citizens!!! This man has run this beloved country into the ground!!! He and his gestapo have stepped on our civil liberties and laughed about it.!!!

    When you see him wearing a military uniform in public you'll know the fascist playbook is complete!!!

    July 16, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. what?

    i hope those two saved all the money they made war mongering...they are going to need to buy an island in the SP because they are not going to be welcome here in the US. Imagine the first time in history that the Prez and his side kick have to escape from America....pity we had our chance in 04'. do you see why you can not vote for John 95% with Bush McCain? these guys have profited while turning America into a third world nation...

    July 16, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. David, New York, NY

    This administration has stretched the meaning of executive privilege to include anything and everything. Maybe it's time to think about putting impeachment back on the table?

    July 16, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    ARE WE SURPRISED? The Bush/Cheney White House is so corrupt, so full of lies, secrets and lawlessness that they make Nixon look like a saint!

    How about it Republicans? How do you defend YOUR pal, Bush?

    And while you are at it can you explain how the so-called-fiscally-responsible-Republicans have built up a national debt of $10 TRILLION DOLLARS?

    AND HOW COME AFTER CHASTISING OBAMA FOR WANTING TO TALK TO OUR ENEMIES.........SUDDENLY BUSH IS SENDING SOMEONE TO IRAN TO TALK ABOUT THE NUCLEAR ISSUE?????

    July 16, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Open Your 3rd Eye

    WE LET THIS HAPPEN AND GO UN-NOTICED. THE MEDIA REPORTS IT JUST TO GIVE THE APPEARANCE OF CONCERN.

    WAKE UP AMERICA.

    July 16, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Frantz (Atlanta)

    Pure corruption at it's best!

    When does the moving trucks get there?

    July 16, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. dEMOBRAT

    Release it Bush...what have you got to loose at this point?

    July 16, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. CS in PA

    This administration using "executive" privilege to protect the Bush / Cheney cronies? You don't say!

    July 16, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. rbt

    Lets see. This seems to be a claim for executive privilige, once removed! Boggles the imagination that an FBI file can be withheld from Congress using this privilege, which is supposed to protect the president from having his people divulge advice to the president. Once the FBI has information, the privilge is blown. Law School 101 people!!! That this admisration gets away with this stuff is a travesty!

    July 16, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Texas Trail Dog

    NOW THIS IS SOMETHING TO GET YOUR TEETH INTO. THIS IS NEWS THAT NEEDS COMMENTS. BUSH, CHENEY AND ROBERT NOVAK ALL NEED TO BE TRIED FOR TREASON. BUSH AND CHENEY BECAUSE THEY GAVE UP THE NAME OF A SECRET SERVICE OPERATIVE THAT SHOULD BE PROTECTED BY OUR GOVERNMENT AT ALL COSTS. BOB NOVAK CAN NOT HIDE BEHIND THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS ON THIS ONE. THIS MAN IS USELESS AND SO STUPID ANYWAY IT'S ABOUT TIME SOMEONE GOT A HOLD OF HIM AND GAVE HIM A GOOD JERK. HE WAS THE TOOL USED BY CHENEY AND BUSH TO PUT THE LADY'S NAME OUT THERE. WHAT IF SHE HAD BEEN MURDERED AND HER HUSBAND TOO. BUSH AND CHENEY DID ALL THIS TO GET EVEN WITH THE CIA OPERATIVE LADY'S HUSBAND BECAUSE HE DISAGREED WITH CHENEY. THIS IS TREASON OF THE HIGHEST CALIBER. ATTORNEY GENERAL DO YOUR JOB. DEMOCRAT PARTY IF YOU GOT ANY SUBSTANCE TO YOU OTHER THAN PUSHING AN UNQUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL FOR PRESIDENT YOU WILL TAKE THIS ALL THE WAY TO THE END ZONE. THESE MEN SHOULD BE STOOD AGAINST THE WALL AND GIVEN THE DEATH SENTENCE. THAT'S WHAT THEY USUALLY DO TO TRAITORS.

    July 16, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Voter

    If I were you, George, I wouldn't release them either. Your evil administration has so much to hide. Maybe you better rethink that Presidential library...

    July 16, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Loretta from California

    Well now bloggers be careful what you say here, you might just show up on "The List". The List is a necessity you know......... it was created to protect us from the big bad terrorist.

    CNN, I heard Drew's report....we need a Blog discussion about "The List.

    DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!

    July 16, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Peter (CA)

    Unbelievable. This administration of crooks has run roughshod all over the Constitution, yet very few have taken them to task for it.

    Goes back to the headline in the English paper the day after the 2004 election...."How can 60 million people be so stupid?"

    July 16, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Mike - Texas

    Hey Libs, stop your complaining!!

    In doing this he has also kept the doors closed on all of the cheating, lieing and filth that happened diring the Clinton administration!!

    July 16, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    This was an act of treason and the President of the United States is hindering the American Public from knowing what happened.

    Where is the outrage from Bush's bff Candidate John McCain!

    July 16, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    And now what? Congress should do everything they can to bring all of these republican crooks to justice, before bushes term is up.

    If they don't it will be an injustice to the American people

    July 16, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Texas Trail Dog

    OBAMA IS YOU WILL TAKE A STAND TO PROSECUTE THE THREE INDIVIDUALS OF BUSH, CHENEY, AND ROBERT NOVAK THEN I WILL ON MY HONOR VOTE FOR YOU. I WILL FORGIVE ALL YOUR SHORTCOMINGS IF YOU SEE TO IT JUSTICE IS SERVED.

    July 16, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    To all the avowed, right-wing mensas:

    How would you react if all these Bush antics occurred on Clinton's watch?!

    July 16, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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