January 22nd, 2009
05:50 PM ET
11 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. Matt

    Pfffff...I wouldn't pardon Libby (or Bush or Cheney for that matter) for a fart.

    January 22, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Justin from New Haven,CT

    World to Cheney: Have fun in the Hague.

    January 22, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. S Callahan

    Look, my take is that there are alot of mother's out there saying the same thing..my child should have his/her sentance pardon...but without money that doesn't usually happen. So in the interest of justice, former President Bush did not the right thing by not pardoning him. It's fair on the scale. The point goes to Bush on this one.

    January 22, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Shut Up

    Dick should not have nothing to say about anything. He should be thrown in jail for was crimes and slapped silly for being the worse VP ever! Dude came out in a wheel chair on inauguration day looking for sympathy.

    January 22, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. S Callahan

    Look, my take is that there are alot of mother's out there saying the same thing..my child should have his/her sentance pardon...but without money that doesn't usually happen. So in the interest of justice, former President Bush DID the right thing by not pardoning him. It's fair on the scale. The point goes to Bush on this one.

    January 22, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Greta Palinannitylimbaughbeck

    Public to Cheney: You should have shot yourself with buckshot instead of your friend.

    January 22, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Obama 2.0

    Maybe Cheney would like to take his place!

    January 22, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Karen- Change is coming

    Geesh! Of course Cheney would say that.. This man went out in disgrace, how fitting he was in a a wheel chair. NOO Libby did a crime which was covered up by Cheney.. Cheney himself should be brought up on war crimes and so should Bush. There was criminal acts and the entire Republican party had their dirty hands in it by letting off Cheney. I can't wait til 2010 to get rid of more Republicans in Congress. The Republican party do not want progress and they are a hypocrites. The talk morality but they have affairs on Capitol Hill.

    January 22, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. ANGIE

    enough. who cares what that crook crazy cheney thinks. he is a liar, theft, murderer and war monger. he is the worse kind of human being.

    January 22, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. Jazz

    Cheney needs to sit back and think about all the wrong doing they did while in office. Now that they are gone it is a new day and we will not have that kink of foolishness in the White House AGAIN. Bush and Cheney BEGONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. If you are wrong then do the time. At least he wasn't in prison like some of the others.

    January 22, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. Chris from NY

    And the Republicans are holding Eric Holder's confirmation? Go figure.

    January 22, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Cecilia

    What about a prisoner exchange – If Cheney is so concerned maybe he could offer a swap. I would vote for that

    January 22, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. barbara campbell

    Cheney, Rove, and Libby got off light - they should have been charged with treason.

    Is Cheney out of his wheelchair yet?

    January 22, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Boston Irish

    I think the guy is sadly mistaken. If it was a "miscarriage of justice" why doesn't he admit who the REAL culprit is? Who is he to say who should get a pardon/commute or not?? He is no longer an elected official and now is simply an ordinary complainer. Join the crowd, Dick. Now you know what it feels like to gripe your head off about something and NOBODY in office or anywhere else CARES!!! Pardon me while I laugh. Sounds like sour grapes to me. Finally you found out Bush has a mind of his own and doesn't consult you on every decision he makes. Apparently, President Bush didn't feel like it was a "miscarriage of justice". Could that possibly mean (gasp) it WASN'T!! Oh, be still my heart. Cheney thinks Bush made a mistake and I guess Bush doesn't care!! JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED!!!

    January 22, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. JIM...TX

    Pardon Libby...now that takes brass ones to even suggest ! He should have been sentenced an put away for a 100 years along with his boss Cheney the war criminal.

    January 22, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. DB25

    Cheney should be thrilled it wasn't his neck on the chopping block....

    January 22, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. MyBADD

    the whole lot should be tried for Treason

    January 22, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. Proud American

    Sounds to me like Cheney's upset because the good ole boy network, didn't work for his friend. I think Bush was just paying Cheney back for putting him in that position.

    January 22, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Linda, NY

    Never mind Libby–Bush should have pardoned, not commuted, the sentences of the jailed border patrol men. Guess Bush was going for perfection in his failures.

    January 22, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. JFBeaird

    Cheney should be in jail.

    January 22, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Janey

    re; the closed article about the repetition of the oath–do you people cutting up Fox News realize that you are watching the CNN and posting on CNN re: this article? Many truths are brought up on Fox that the left-wing media ignores–but not this one–be fair.

    January 22, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Jenny

    Ex-President George Bush should have pardoned Jonathan Pollard. Pollard has been in Federal prison for 24 years. Because of his actions, the world was saved from a nuclear Iraq years ago.
    Bush committed the United States to a war against Iraq but he did not pardon Jonathan Pollard who assisted Israel in destroying the nuclear reactor that Saadam had to ready to fire.
    Clinton pardoned far worse spies.
    Perhaps President Obama will pardon Pollard.
    Will someone eevr do the right thing.
    You know the phrase, "No good deed ever goes unpunished!"
    Sadly so true.

    January 22, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Center of the Middle

    Dick Cheney is dilusional....

    January 22, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Dan Stewart

    Let us hope that Libby does not end up being the only one of these guys thats prosecuted. The Bush regime has trampled the constitution and rule of law under foot, the sooner they are held accountable the better.

    January 22, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Susan

    Is there no one that can shut this man up?

    He should be arrested for war crimes.

    January 22, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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