July 16th, 2008
12:20 PM ET
3 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. Peas In A Pod

    This will be John McCain if he wins. He and his VP will be listening to each other because no one else will be listening to them.

    July 16, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. BUSHED!!!!!

    President Bush used executive privilege to avoid turning over FBI interviews with Vice President Cheney..........PURE CORRUPTION
    YOU can Run but you can't Hide!!!........Don't forget the Pillsbury Dough Boy (KARL ROVE)...........you are soooo RIGHT on this ONE Texas Trail Dog

    July 16, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Texas-Phil

    John,
    Either you are blind deaf and dumb or you are in cahoots with the dynamic crooked duo.

    July 16, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. ProundToBeDemocrat

    In my opinion Dick Cheny, Karl Rove,Lewis "Scooter" Libby and the rest of Bush administration belong to Jail, they should not be running this country. Shame on those who voted for Bush twice, and I will bet they will vote for Mccain again, this people need to get their foot out of their A*ss and think before they vote this year.

    July 16, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. PELOSI SUCKS

    Are we supposed to be surprised?

    July 16, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. Linda from Prescott AZ

    What can you say, these two jokers have done so much damage and there is so much crookedness in this administration that there is no telling when we will ever gain world respect again or when we as citizens can be proud of our president/vice president.
    HOpefully Obama will bring some dignity back to the office.

    July 16, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. dennis ford

    nothing new this is the president ever in our history and all involved in cover-up should be put in jail or better yet all those who want to stay in war should go over and fight...

    July 16, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Phil in KC

    The entire administration has done whatever they want and thumbed their nose at the American people and at the Congress. The thing that I find appalling is that Congress let them get away with it. Impeach Cheney and Bush, I say.

    July 16, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Molly

    Why would Bush be willing to turn over something that would hurt him. He has never been honest and never will be.

    July 16, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Bushed

    Dear Bush:
    Stop talking, stop thinking, and stop making decisions. Just go to the Lincoln bedroom and pretend you're sleeping. We won't mind.

    If you need help packing your bags, let us know. We can't wait to help you go back to Crawford.

    July 16, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. ANGIE

    TEXAS TRAIL DOG;
    belive me when i tell you this obama will go after bush and cheney remember obama is a civil rights attorney i bet that is one of the first things he does but with mccain bush cheney and the whole gang go free obama 08

    July 16, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Dave

    why of course! both of these guys must be impeached.

    July 16, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Ken Pittsburgh

    John Bush go to war with approval but this was base on a lie
    someone in his White House tuyn in the name of a CIA agent thie in the time of war is Treason .And Mr Libby could been a fall guy but he got a nice Bush Pardon You are all into the kool-aid and do not the flavor

    July 16, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. cevans, tx

    IMPEACH BUSH! IMPEACH BUSH! IMPEACH BUSH!

    PLEASE IMPEACH THIS INCOMPOTENT LIAR! WHETHER IT' S UNDER OATH OR NOT. HE'S STILL A LIAR, AND LOOK WHAT HIS LIES HAVE COST US. OVER 4000 OF OUR BABIES DEAD. THOUSANDS OF THEM WITHOUT DISFIGURED AND WILL NEVER BE THE SAME MENTALLY OR PHYSICALLY. OUR COUNTRY AND IRAQ IS A MESS BECAUSE OF THIS LIAR.

    IMPEACH BUSH!

    July 16, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. dennis ford

    the worst president ever is what i meant. i am at work... vote obama.. we need change.. if your happy with the way things are then vote mccain simple as that.. !!!!

    July 16, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Thomas, Illinois

    If you didn,t LIE...Then TESTIFY...

    July 16, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Serviceman

    JFK role over one more time. The cover up's continue.

    truelly we all know they believe there is nothing after death, responsible for the death of million, the hard ship of millions more, lie after lie and a belief that they truelly deserve more than average America. Sounds alot like a group from old england? Can anyone say Templar

    July 16, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. rob

    This is an example of the Dems grabbing at anything to make Bush look bad,every Admin can fire any US attorney they want (Clinton fired every one of them when he came in). Does any of this help reduce the price of gas or help improve the economy? No wonder the Congress has the lowest approval ratings ever, they have done nothing that they promised. They said they would stop the war in Iraq, but have given Bush everything he asked for and sorry for you people who write in these comments WE ARE WINNING THERE despite all the screaming from the Dems. They said they would reduce gas prices, the price is up about 2 dollars a gallon since they took controll and all they do is say no to Bush about drilling and Nukes. Judging by what these commenters here and other places are saying, all the Dems have been successful diong is whipping up a frenzy of pure irrational hatred for Bush.
    Congratulations.

    July 16, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Loretta from California

    @what?

    No, they haven't made enough money. Why do you think they want off shore drilling? They are two Oil men who care nothing for this country. They only care about themselves, what is of benefit to them, and lining their own pockets.

    DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!

    July 16, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. Michael

    Oh, the horror, the horror; the humanity, the humanity. You people are going to hyperventilate writing this fatuous nonsense.

    July 16, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Jean from Florida

    These two need to be impeached. Two snakes and crooks that ruined this country.

    July 16, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. James Hussein, SC

    I am voting for MCcain because this is the kind of government that he WILL provide; and that is the kind of government that knows how to protect the American people who matter.

    All Obama wants to do is protect the common folks – sick!

    July 16, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. Craig

    I hope they all go where they belong right after Obama is sworn into office...Levenworth Prison. But, my guess is that Dick Cheney will flee to Dubai to escape American justice.

    July 16, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. Danielle, TX

    And these guys WEAR flag pins!! Wow...wonder why their patriotism isn't in question.

    July 16, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. arc, Lugano CH

    This should be good news for Hillary Supporters.

    Hillary already stood hand in hand with Bush/Cheney and proudly voted for the unnecessary war which has led to the deaths of over 4000 US soldiers and, by global news sources, well over half a million Iraqi women, children and other non-combatants.

    And now many of Hillary’s supporters are flocking to McCain and the second coming of Bush/Cheney in an attempt to empower their deep-seeded bitterness and conceal their own isolationist fear and bigotry.
    This is what you want Hillary Supporters! Be Proud!

    And God Bless America!

    July 16, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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