January 22nd, 2009
05:50 PM ET
6 months ago

Cheney to magazine: Bush should have pardoned Libby

Former Vice President Cheney told a conservative magazine that his aide Scooter Libby, pictured on the right, should have received a pardon from former President George W. Bush.
Former Vice President Cheney told a conservative magazine that his aide Scooter Libby, pictured on the right, should have received a pardon from former President George W. Bush.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - George Bush should have pardoned I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Dick Cheney said after stepping down as vice president this week.

"He was the victim of a serious miscarriage of justice, and I strongly believe that he deserved a presidential pardon. Obviously, I disagree with President Bush's decision," Cheney told Stephen F. Hayes of the Weekly Standard, a leading conservative Washington magazine.

Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff, was convicted of obstructing a federal investigation into the revelation that Valerie Plame Wilson was a CIA agent.

He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000. Bush commuted the sentence, which he called "excessive," so that Libby served no jail time.

But he did not pardon Libby, much to the aggravation of many influential conservatives.

Hayes said that Cheney had publicly disagreed with Bush only four times in the eight years of the Bush administration.

They were only out of office for a day before the fifth disagreement surfaced.

Bush granted 189 pardons and 11 commutations during his eight years in office, far fewer than Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan in their two-term administrations.

No one was ever charged with leaking Plame Wilson's identity. She and her husband, former diplomat Joseph Wilson III, said the revelation was a retaliation for Wilson claiming a key justification for the invasion of Iraq was false.

It ultimately came out that former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage had told journalist Robert Novak about Plame Wilson working for the CIA. Top Bush advisor Karl Rove confirmed it.

soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. elsie

    So What!

    January 22, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. JJ in NY

    If Billary pardoned a scumbag like Mark Rich, then certainly Libby should be pardoned also .

    January 22, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. leapfrog

    Libby, Cheney and Bush should all spend time in jail. They're all the most crooked bunch imaginable, and yet they are walking around free. So much for justice...

    January 22, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. jackie ohio

    He spent no time in jail but yet you want the man cleared of his wrong doing to a cia agent who put her life in jerpordy for our country. The boarder patrol was the only one that truly deserved to be padon they are the only ones who was covicted of what ,protecting our boarders from a drug none american who had been given free medical that made him all better just to turn around and amugel drugs again and still be set free.

    January 22, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. kenny cole

    All this crook need to stay in the jail for life

    January 22, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Frank from Gilroy

    DICK is just that and always will be.
    Anyone who would say for 8 years that their was no conflict of interest with a company (Haliburton) they created while in the BUSH 1 administration. Left that administration and became CEO of that company and then drove policies in the BUSH 2 administration that made the company the largest no bid contractor in the history of the world. Has zero credibility, just like his ex boss.
    Good bye and may your death be as painful as all the pain you created around the world.

    January 22, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Jonathan

    Chaney can no longer CONTROL Bush, this is why.

    No more pulling his strings and telling him what to say.

    Fact.

    January 22, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. CHANGE.COM

    The commutation of Libby's 30-month prison term itself was wrong, Dick. And you wanted more? Just stay out of the public life for now and shut up once and for all. I hope you are eventually wheeled into a courthouse and put on trial for all the lies and crimes you've committed against the citizenry of the United States.

    January 22, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. RF-NJ

    OK, so Bush did make one good decision.

    January 22, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Scott Tucson

    Now in Obama's case it looks like he will be busy pardoning some of his cabinet picks before they're even sworn in.

    January 22, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Clueless Cheney

    Ok Scooter, might as well spill the beans and sing like a canary.

    January 22, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Steve, New York City

    NOT pardoning Libby was one of the best things Bush did in 8 years.

    Lucifer (I mean Dick Cheney) should quietly disappear into history (as we all wish).

    January 22, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Emily

    I suppose Cheney shouldn't have put Scooter Libby up to the task he did.

    January 22, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Jean, Indiana

    Libby should sign like a bird. I would tell everything that Bush and Cheney did undercover. That just shows how little those crooks thought of the jail bird.

    January 22, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. gino

    Scooter: Go to jail, go directly to jail, and stay in jail. Maybe Dick Cheney will visit you.

    January 22, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Cheney you are the worst

    Cheney, you are the worst of the worst. America is very glad that you and your boss left. We hope that you leave us alone. Make millions and perhaps in judgement day ( if there is one) you will be served accordingly. Congress, should have impeached you and your boss and we would have had better life years earlier.

    January 22, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Alfred E. Nueman

    To bad, Dick. Maybe you should start worrying about your own legal future.

    January 22, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Splurge

    Boohoo. Of all Bush's decision to disagree with this is the one Dick chose? Why pardon him? I mean, besides the fact that he doesn't deserve a pardon, Bush already commuted his sentence which means no jail time all a pardon would do is essentially remove the conviction from his record, in a way. When people like Libby have a criminal conviction on their record like committing perjury on behalf of his president it never prevents them from making a living up to millions of dollars over the brief course of the rest of his life so what practical reason is there for pardoning him? None. This is just power-drunk people feeling they're still entitled. It's not like you and your crew aren't going to spend the rest of your lives spinning what you did as good and righteous. So get back in your wheelchair, put on your comic book villain pompadour, leave town and shut up. You can roar all you want but you'll never be king lion again. It's over.

    January 22, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. Heidi-oh, out the door they go

    Maybe Dr. Strangelove should get back in his wheelchair and shut up.

    January 22, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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