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. Nancy D.

    Separation of powers.

    Perfectly legal.

    Some of you people need to go back to grade school

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

    If we take Cheney at his word that the Vice Presidential office is not part of the Executive branch of the US government, then how can Bush's executive order stand? Either Cheney's office is part of the Executive branch, and the Presidential record keeping should have access to all of Cheney's documents (including "deleted" emails), or it isn't and Cheney's interview with the FBI is not protected by Bush's executive order. Have your cake. Eat it. Pick one.

    July 16, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. BigBear

    The media plays something to do with Obama, and the men go gaga for him, while the women just swoon. And yet, not one of them can name anything that he has done to improve anything, never mind this nation. He says a lot, but since he says that he is going to do something for three hundred million people, you already know that he can't accomplish what he says.
    McCain says that he is going to do something for our nation (one nation). That will be fairly easy for him, since he has already accomplished more than most Americans.

    July 16, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Cynthia

    Shame on you President Bush. We already know the answer anyway but this would have confirmed it.

    July 16, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Jim

    Brought to you by the Republicans!!!!!

    July 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Dennis

    impeachment hearings for having some improper relations with an intern, sure... but impeach a president and his administration for an unjust war and the countless lives affected and deaths occured for our citizens and others? nah.

    July 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. tom


    July 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Ron L

    BOTH him and V.P. Chaney have VERY LTTLE respect for the balance of power that OUR CONSTITUTION is based on.....
    NOVEMBER can't come soon enough...The last eight years will be a GLOWING EXAMPLE of what happens when you elect a person of average intelligence and make them the leader of the MOST POWERFUL nation on the planet. Not only do they screw up that nation (US) they mess up the ENTIRE PLANET...WHAT a POOR President he has been ...
    My guess is for 85% of you the answer will be NO!!!

    July 16, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. rick

    the simple fact is that republicans don't deserve a third term. they have failed at taking care of their own nation. it's disgusting how they have abandoned New Orleans, DISGUSTING and UNAMERICAN. Cheney and Rumsfield did succeed at what their true agenda was to invade Iraq and cut taxes for the rich. vote for John McCain at your own peril, just disgusting. Have you no shame?

    July 16, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Ric

    (CYNTHIA 08)And just like the women and men at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 who declared their independence from the Old Order, I celebrated my birthday last year by doing something I had done a dozen times in my head, but had never done publicly: I declared my independence from every bomb dropped, every threat leveled, every civil liberties rollback, every child killed, every veteran maimed, every man tortured, and the national leadership that let this happen. At that pro-peace rally in front of the Pentagon, I noted that nowhere on the Democratic Party's Congressional Agenda for their first 100 days in the majority was any mention at all of a livable wage, the right of return for Katrina survivors, repealing the Patriot Acts, the Secret Evidence Act, the Military Commissions Act, or bringing our troops home now. Nowhere on the Congressional Democrats' agenda was an investigation into the Pentagon's "loss" of $2.3 trillion that Rumsfeld admitted to just before September 11th. And nowhere was there any plan to get that money back for jobs, health care, education, and for veterans. Not even repeal of the Bush tax cuts that have helped to usher in, according to some, levels of income inequality not experienced in this country since the Great Depression. And instead of Articles of Impeachment to hold the criminals accountable, impeachment was taken "off the table."

    July 16, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Anthony

    Throw them in Prison, what's the hold up??????

    July 16, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. (Book 'em) Dan-o

    I'll admit that no administration is perfect, and it is common for people to blame the government for all the problems in the universe. That said, I must state that the Bush administration needs to realize that EVEN THEY are not above the law. If you campaign on the notion that you are the more moral party, you had better be ready to live by those words yourselves...or the very people who elected you will hang you on them.

    Vote Obama in 2008!

    July 16, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Jay

    Clinton Democrats for Cynthia McKinney !!!

    Clinton Democrats for Cynthia McKinney !!!

    July 16, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. not important

    Wasn"t it Richard Armitage who leaked Valerie Plames name? And it was wrong that Bush commuted Scooter Libbys sentence.

    July 16, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Rebecca

    Nothing I hear about Bush and Cheney surprises me anymore.

    July 16, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. shadman

    What the Bush Administration has done, had it been in any other country, America will be trying to punish the heads of the state for War Crimes and invading the country to bring justice to its people and promote democracy.......Ha.

    July 16, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. peakarach,des moines,IA


    MCCAIN 08!
    HILLARY 12!

    July 16, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. D Mills Garland, Tx

    It amazes me that there are still people defending this crooked joke of an administration and are quick to jump on the Clinton administration. My mother always said I love you regardless but when you are wrong I will not defend you. So hey, the Clinton administration may not have been perfect but their mistakes didn't completely ruin our credibility in the eyes of the rest of the world.

    July 16, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. peakarach,des moines,IA


    MCCAIN 08!
    HILLARY 12!

    July 16, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. shadman

    Dictator Bush lives.

    July 16, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. Indiana_Chris

    Vote NONE OF THE ABOVE!! Jesse Ventura!

    Vote for a third party candidate to send your message to all politicians!

    If Democrates are really FOR THE PEOPLE then they would start calling for empeachment immediately.

    Anyone catch his speech yesterday? Is there somewhere I can see it again.... I need to hear the last question and his responce.

    Also in that speech, he justified the war by saying the Iraqi people invited us! I fell down laughing.

    July 16, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. Rodney Hopper

    Another nail in the coffin for this corrupt administration and another reason to vote for Obama. McCain will do nothing to see that the details of this corruption comes to light.

    I mean... it's so blatant, their disregard for the law and separation of powers.

    July 16, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. sarah T

    SAy no to Mc-Copy Cat BuSh

    July 16, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. not important

    They allso need to tell the people how many times did Jack Abramoff go to the white house. Bush administration is not transparent.

    July 16, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Kathy

    Both Bush and Cheney are a disgrace to this country. They have run the United States and it's reputation into the ground. They should be brought up on charges as soon as they leave office. Especially Cheney! THUGS is too good a word for either of them.

    I am 55 years old and Bush is the absolute worst president we have had since I have been voting. Even Nixon was not as bad. The only good feeling I have is that I NEVER voted for the loser.

    July 16, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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