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. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    How the hell did We the People allow these two jokes into the two highest offices in the land?

    I swear, if these two don't get brought up on criminal charges, it will be the greatest getting-away-with-murder case in history.

    July 16, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Charley Snyder

    Let the interview set for now. If the Democrats get in the White House, we can see what to make of it all and if Chaney is found guilty we can convict with out a pardon.
    for all his crimes it would be like convicting Capone for tax evasion, Not just but the best we might be able to do.

    July 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Dave

    "One has to wonder at the intellectual capacity of the 28% of the country that still thinks this administration is doing a good job."

    There's no wondering here. This is a group of drooling morons.

    July 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Gretchen

    And what does his pal McBush say on this?

    July 16, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Barry

    Amazing, how we keep letting these men get away with so much. Would someone send in a Monica Lewinsky type so that we may impeach them?

    July 16, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. judy, Wisconsin

    These two and others have committed Nixon type crimes so frequently, how could anyone investigate them all? I wonder what will be in Bush's library considering most of the e-mail is erased or the crimes are "executive privelege." I pray that they don't start another war before Nov.

    July 16, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. the unwanted american

    Colonists revolted against a trynical government for far less crimes by King George the third then what this administration has dished out.

    July 16, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Typical White Person

    Okay, so amnesty to phone companies for breaking the very clearly defined law and sharing personal records....

    BUT...impeach Bush for using Executive Priviledge...

    No wonder illegal aliens think they have every right to be in this country when liberals ignore the laws that are inconvenient and invent ones that don't exist because it is politically advantageous.

    BTW – I think Bush and Cheney should both be impeached but on the grounds they lied to Congress and the American public in 2002, not over this crud.

    If Democrats had half the nutz they claim they would have impeached them both when they took over Congress to show the rest of the world that we won't tolerate lies from our elected officials.

    July 16, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Chas in Iowa

    You cannot question the "Bush Administration" period. They are beyond reproach.

    I say take Bush and Cheney to the world courts in '09.

    July 16, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. nelson

    Re: Satire on Obama.
    Much has been said on NPR, CNN and other networks about the Barrack-Michelle Satire's place in political life. Many are very offended. But the truer debate should be if the cartoon moves the debate from concerns such as the economy, Medicare, rising oil prices, Iraq war, et al. And if so, was this the foreseeable editorial intent. More, how long should we allow this truer debate to continue?

    July 16, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Kris

    As everyone else has said, this is not excusable AT ALL. Impeach them all NOW.

    If I ever get required to testify in court I'll just say "why? If the leaders of our country don't have to, why do I?"

    July 16, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Doris,Memphis,TN

    CWH = Crooks In the White House!
    Is America ready for a Bi-racial President?
    Yes, a brillant man with integrity.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    July 16, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Jared

    I connot wait until they are out of office and fair game!!

    July 16, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Annette

    These characters have more stuff to keep secret then, secret squirrel. Uh, most have something to hide?

    July 16, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. denver

    Sadly. No matter who the next president is, these two will sail into the sunset laughing all the way.

    They already know that nobody in Congress has the nuts to do anything to them.

    I don't quite understand why, but it might have something to do with wiretapping their political enemies who don't want any dirt on them exposed.

    July 16, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. Keith in CA

    Compared to the Bush and Cheney nightmare, the Nixon administration got a raw deal. Watergate did not get over 4,000 american troops killed. Since our gutless Congress says "impeachment is off the table", what about trying them for war crimes? Holding Bush and Cheney accountable would show the rest of the world the U.S. presidency is not above international law.

    Since his selection by the Supreme Court, Bush's lies leading to an unjust war, corruption of no-bid contracts to cronies, and total disregard for the Constitution have degraded our executive branch to that of a third-world dictatorship.

    July 16, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. rexx

    Just more smoke and mirror games from the Dems. Of course any interview with the CIA and VP involved would be under executive privilege. You lefties had better come up with some much better stuff then this or this election is going to look like a McCain steamroller.

    July 16, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Vig

    The corruption in this administration is so pervasive that if Bush doesn't get impeached in the next several months, then he should be jailed once he's out of office along with Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice.

    July 16, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Noah

    Bottom Line:
    Anyone dissatisfied with Bush should not vote for McCain, that includes those PUMA pukes

    July 16, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. susanne

    democracy is dead...scary

    July 16, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Jeff in Illinois

    Bush and Cheney not only hate the Constitution of the United States of America, but they hate the Rule of Law in general. While their being complicit in the 9/11 attacks, as many believe, may or may not be true, one thing is certain, there is definitely suspicion that they could have had something to do with it. As such, they should be bagged in the middle of the night and brought to Gitmo for some "harsh interrogation".

    Like I said, they might well be innocent, but is that a risk we are willing to take? They made their own beds, now let them lie in them.

    July 16, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. Typical White Person

    Proud New York July 16th, 2008 3:24 pm ET wrote:

    "...Intolerance is your motto."

    Funny thing about tolerance – it gets you more of the same.

    So if you don't mind living in a place where your school is dumbed down to ensure illegal aliens who don't speak English can graduate, then by all means, tolerate it.

    I would rather see the laws upheld and EVERYONE held to the same standard. If someone is here illegally, deport them – regardless of how many anchor babies they have. Do not tolerate law breaking!

    If someone isn't making the grade, hold them back. If their feelings are hurt by that, too bad. They can try again and study more, get a 504 or IEP or free tutoring or any of the other gazillion aids that are out there. Do not tolerate mediocrity!

    If someone uses the N word and gets fired, then EVERYONE who uses the N word gets fired. Do not tolerate double standards!

    Intolerant people unite!

    July 16, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. MAMMA MIA

    YOU PEOPLE THAT DISBELIEVE ARE GONNA DROP YOUR MOUTHS WHEN YOU REALLY FIND OUT WHAT THIS ADMINISTRATION IS REALLY CAPABLE OF DOING. HOPEFULLY IT WILL COME OUT IN THE END.

    THE MEDIA DIDN'T AND STILL DOESN'T KNOW, SO HOW CAN THEY COVER SOMETHING THEY DON'T KNOW ABOUT?

    July 16, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Their eventual demises will be celebrated as national holidays...

    July 16, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. Furious Geroge

    John, YOU are the one drinking the Koolaid.
    Yes, Clinton replaced all of the US Attorneys at the beginning of his term. Not in the middle of his term, and NOT in retaliation for them making decisions that we not favorable to republicans. No administration is perfect, but there has never been one that has been as corrupt, secretive and power hungry as this one. The entire lot should be behind bars

    July 16, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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