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. Kim, Dallas, TX

    If we just wait until they are out of office, we won't have anyone who will bail them out when their presidency is over. Otherwise, we will have another Scooter Libby situation. I HOPE that they do get held responsible for all of the corruption this administration has done under the guise of executive privilege. Yes, Clinton was held responsible for FAR LESS than what has been covered up with Bush and company (AKA the Bush Crime Family).

    July 16, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Mike T. Vaughn

    For anyone in congress not to impeach this President is just as crooked and Bush himself and his staff is

    July 16, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Karen L. Reimer, Mt. Bethel, PA


    July 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Czechoslovakia

    McCain = Bush

    July 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Dennis in buffalo

    The time has come for the media in this country to begin in-depth
    investigation, and reporting, on what this administartion has done
    to either circumvent or cover-up it's law breaking.

    July 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Watermann

    The past 7,5 years have been a tragedy for the US. There is only one thing that bothers me deeply. The consequences of the actions of the present administration under President Bush have killed and wounded thousands and thousands of innocent people. How can a great nation like the US allow this happening without an uproar of the mainstream media?

    July 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Jeremy

    It is so enraging that the Bush administration, you know the leader of that third of government that is supposed to execute and enforce the law, is presumptive enough to think that they are above the law but cowardly enough hide behind executive privilege rather than defend their actions. If they think what they did was right and was in the best interest of America, the should have the fortitude to defend their actions to the American people. After Bush leaves office, there will be no more executive privilege for them to cower behind and Cheney will have to answer for his actions. At this point I think that senate committees and the Justice department will be the least of his concerns. I am sure the ICC will have quite a few questions for him about his advocacy of torture. If he still refuses to answer questions, I guess they can always water-board him.

    July 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Crush Rush

    Mukasey will join them in prison I hope.

    July 16, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Peejay

    In a previous article, Congress is said to have sunk to yet another low public opinion level. Pelosi's "impeachment is off the table" pronouncement did it for me, and that was long before a lot of details came out about Bush administration malfeasance. Rome is burning.

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

    Republicans claim they want to defend the consitituion and interprete it strictly, however one of the pillars of the constitution is transperancy in the government. This, and other action like it, dosen't prove Bush is trying to hide something illegal. However, keeping information from the public for the reason given is rediculus. The president cannot withhold information unless it is an issue of national security. Bush needs to respect the constitution and release these transcripts. Or someone should file a suit against him. Let the supreme court force him to release the documents.
    Bush has abondoned all conservative idealogy. All conservatives claim they are for smaller government as Bush did, however this executive administration is bloated with power and ignores the transperancy that is supposed to highlight this office.

    July 16, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Reality for a change

    More despicable acts added to the pile of bush/cheney legacy.

    Whats even more troubling is there are still so many brainwashed, ignorant people in the US that still think he's been a good president. Reading blogs and post praising what they've done for America is downright offensive. We need to put an end to this, an end to the tyranny of the republican regime and elect someone who actually has an interest in helping the American people.

    July 16, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Tired of W, OH

    Wow. I guess when you're the prez, you really can do anything you like. Bush's approval rating is in the toilet. What other signs are Congress waiting for? WE WANT BUSH IMPEACHED! If he gets away with raping this country and our civil liberties, what message does that send to future presidents? Sure, just get elected. Then you can do what ever you want. Just claim executive privilege and you'll never have to answer for your crimes. Disgraceful.

    July 16, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Sheila, MN

    He has to cover up because he doesn't want us to know how DUMB he is. So when there's a law that doesn't work for him–Executive Privilege.

    He's a joke, and I blame any one who voted for him. It's not GW's fault (he knew he was a moron when he took office), it yours. Especially those who voted for him a second time–go get your brains checked.
    In November, stay home-you shouldn't go anywhere near the polls.

    July 16, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Natalie

    Wow! Why the heck haven't these two notorious criminals been IMPEACHED?????

    July 16, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. John

    Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath.

    Bush went to wear with military authorization by Hillary Clinton, John kerry, John Edwards, and numerous other Democrats who made the same case as Bush did going to war.

    and with regards to Scooter libby, what about Sandy Berger? He sneaks out documents in his clothing, but obstruction for Scooter? Come on 4 people knew before he did.

    and the US Attorney firings, well Clinton fired all but 1. Bush fires 8 and there is a conspiracy.

    Stop drinking the kool aid people, how man administrations are perfect.

    Kennedy got us so close to nuclear war without ever telling the american public to prepare

    and 12 people a long wtih FDR thought pearl harbor was going to happen a week before December 7th and the only surprise about the attack was that the declaration of war was supposed to be delivered prior to the attack but the Japanese translator was slow in typing it from Japonese to English.

    But I am sorry for interrupting your Bush bashing, but I would also suggest looking at Clinton's approval ratings from his presidency to get a refresher.

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

    IMPEACH and then send them all to Prison

    July 16, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Were NOT your friends!

    It's just more padding to the argument that this has been one of, if not the worst president + administration in HISTORY!

    Time for a change folks ~ OBAMA '08

    July 16, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. rice, bryan

    this white house is busier than a cat in a litter box coving up their mess. cover up is a cover no matter how you want to spin it. it doesn't matter republican or democrat. you may not want to blame bush for everything, but you have to wake up at some point and see the truth for what it is.

    July 16, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Candy West Virginia

    Yeah McCriminal, we really want to continue a bush third term of criminal behavior in the white house. repuglicans must be hiding their head in the sand. I honestly don't know how any enlightened person could ever vote repuglican.

    July 16, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. former GOP

    Are we surprised that he is keeping it under wraps Bush let us down, took us to war and now McCain wants to finish the job. Vote No to the GOP it is time for change.

    July 16, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Jim

    What the hell is executive privilege? Are you kidding me? Is this another one of those secret tape's white houses, this guy needs to be impeached pronto and go to hell.

    July 16, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Tired of W, OH

    I can't believe I'm saying this, but for once I agree with "Texas Trail Dog" (everything except the part about Obama not be qualified for the job of prez).

    GObama '08

    July 16, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. proud army and navy mom

    Why did they hold off on the contempt citation?

    I understand that bush will be gone in Jan 2009, but the spoon-fed idiot and his henchmen still has enough time to cause havoc by starting a war with Iran. they are going to get Israel to strike in iran and we will be forced to defend ourselves. bush is counting on that,

    This country cannot afford not to put the war criminals on trial. Please move this process along.

    July 16, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Bush Voters Stay Home

    To All George Bush Voters:

    Stay home in November. Go watch paint dry, or move some rocks from one place to another. The thought of you selecting our next president makes me sick. It's too much pressure for you to think, and make a selection at the same time.

    So November 4th, rearrange your living room furniture, anything just don't vote. If you have to vote, get some help, find out why you voted for a moron TWICE.

    July 16, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Tommy

    I remember when Nixon was impeached for covering up details of Watergate. The Watergate incident looks like a kiddie amusement park ride compared to the outing of a CIA agent by the Bush administration. Wake up people, Bush himself is up to his neck in this conspiracy and cover up! Why hasn't he been impeached and imprisoned?

    July 16, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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