July 16th, 2008
12:20 PM ET
6 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. eric

    One has to wonder at the intellectual capacity of the 28% of the country that still thinks this administration is doing a good job. They should be banned from ever being able to vote again due to proven stupidity. Those who want four more years of this kind of incompetence in the form of McCain should be listed as clinically insane and put on meds. Either that, or should be tried as traitors for willfully subverting the well-being of the country.

    July 16, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Bush's leadership style could not be more dishonest and dictatorial. But
    why are we not surprised?

    July 16, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. AA

    Two words:

    Jail Now.

    These criminals are individually aiding and abiding, obstructing, and continue to perpetrate premeditated constitutional and Geneva convention crimes.

    I was really hoping that they would be impeached and brought to justice prior to their rein ending, but it seems like we will have to wait until they are just citizens to imprison them and remove them from society. Nice legacy, thanks for the memories.


    July 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Abby

    Completely corrupt and outrageous. Thank God it's almost over...but not soon enough.

    July 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. DflateMacsStr8TalkXpress: Econ MIA, AWOL on facts, POW from reality

    Anyone who thinks that a McCain adminstration will be any different is dumber than a box of rocks or living in an alternate reality. He'll just add his own "personal" twist to the Bush/Cheney litany of terrorism and 9/11 the tag line of being a shot down pilot and a maverick (Which he isn't – just a really bad chameleon who gets caught changing his color for the issue of the moment. Remember he was considering being John Kerry's running mate four short years ago because he became disillusioned with the Republican party). My what a difference time makes and right now, Bush and Cheney look like choir boys compared to Grampy McSame. This is just a preview of the next four years of McCain in the oval office – minus the "I don't remember" and "I don't recall" Ronald Reagan moments.

    July 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Tracey

    Move cover-ups. Tick tock...come on November. I can't wait for those bums to leave.

    July 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. Voter

    By impeaching Bill Clinton, the Republicans forever lowered the bar, and Americans no longer take "impeachment" seriously.

    Maybe they were actually thinking ahead when they behaved so stupidly and abominably.

    July 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. jim

    nice to know that our current pres is doing everything he can to allow our current vice pres to break the law and get away with it. i canNOT wait until january. hopefully we can FINALLY usher in a new era of logic, ethics, and reform. vote obama.

    July 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    They are all guilty and there is no statute of limitations on treason. These criminals will eventually be dealt with both here and at an International War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague...

    July 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Griff

    Job and Country! Security....Chicken or the Egg...

    July 16, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    Why does this not surprise me? This administration has been not only a joke here but a joke around the world. There has been no checks and balances over the past almost eight years. I can't blame Bush because it is not his fault he got voted into office the second time. I blame the uninformed public with their knee-jerk vote.

    After everything is said and done, I hope they will have to answer for the choices they made while in office and how they put their interests before the American voters.

    GW is in need of a swift kick in the pants from his father.

    July 16, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Ex-Republican for Obama

    I have not, and will not blame Bush for ALL that has gone wrong in his administration, allbeit a large portion does reside with in his stable. But the height of his injustices against the American People have brought me to a point that I must consider him a candidate for Crimes against humanity, and brought to trial in an international "War Crimes" case.
    It is nearing a point that we as a nation must never let a power hungry tyrant of this nature EVER serve out the full term of their office again. His malicious intent and absolute path to remove any and all rights of citizens while garnishing supreme power in the executive office goes against EVERY moral/historic value this once great nation was built on.
    We can NOT allow his kind to take anymore of our god given rights away. We MUST roll back all of his laws. We are no longer a free country, that has been systematically eradicated by the bush administration.
    Hold him accountable, and hold his party accountable. Vote for anyone BUT a republican this election. NO MORE!

    July 16, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    i am sooooo disappointed in nancy pelosi, john conyers, and most of the dems in congress, they have completely let us down.

    there are a few FANTASTIC people in congress: defazio, sanders (i would LOVE to vote for President Sanders), brian baird (most of the time), waxman, blumenaur. i wish our congress was FILLED with wonderful, INTELLIGENT, HONEST people like them!!!! what an amazing country this would be!

    July 16, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Diana, PA

    Yeah we know, he's going to make someone an offer they can't refuse.

    Can't wait to take our country back in November.

    OBAMA 08
    OBAMA 12

    July 16, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Biff Biffington

    HAD ENOUGHT YET ???????

    Want four MORE years of this garbage????

    July 16, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. California Gold

    If there was nothing to hide this wouldn't be an issue.

    July 16, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Yasriel

    For those of you voting Re-thug-licant this election, think again. Do you want McBush to continue this cover-up? Obama has said he would revisit this type of activities by Bush with a view of bringing up justice.
    Please think again....Say NO to McSame, say NO to Bush third term.

    July 16, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Sandy

    Yeah I know more cover ups.

    July 16, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. Indep. voter

    DAH not surprised!! 7 years of absolutely running our country into the ground. It amazes me of all the dirt just don't seem to be swept away That will be their legacy!!!! Easy act to follow.

    VOTE FOR CHANGE ANY CHANGE would be better than more of the same!

    July 16, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. IQ


    July 16, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. nic, bellingham wa

    Making Nixon look like Mr. Rogers, for 7 years and counting...

    July 16, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. David Peter

    This is bs

    July 16, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. Sue


    July 16, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. JIM...TX

    Not a surprise...this administration has had a "holier than thou" attitude from the begining.It's legacy will be of 4000+ dead Americans thrown into the midst of an unwarrented INVASION of Iraq.

    July 16, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Upon Further Review,Texas

    Reminds me of the dutchboy putting his finger in the dam.Put your money in orange prison jumpsuit makers,the dodoo will hit the fan soon and hopefully many will get a chance to wear them.

    July 16, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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