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. Don

    I hope I never have to see Cheney's face or hear his voice or read his words ever again. Good riddance to the most evil and corrupt vice president in United States history.

    January 22, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. obama-mama

    There is no pardon for you slimy Cheney.

    January 22, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Walt from Canada

    Hayes said " Cheney disagreed with Bush only 4 times in the 8 years". How could he disagree with his own decisions during those 8 years. The only decisions that Bush really made were to go on vacation to Crawford or Camp David which he did every few months!

    January 22, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. halogenrep

    Bush had only made a presidential decision 4 times in eight years and Cheney did not like any of them.

    January 22, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Yea, Dicky, and we should have indited you!

    January 22, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. SFSDCris

    Bush and Cheney only disagreed 4-5 times in the 8 year presidency because normally Bush did exactly as Cheney coerced him to do.

    Bush was a simpleton president. Cheney was the evil doer pulling the strings behind the curtain.

    January 22, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. John

    Bush should have let justice be done and let Scooter serve his time since the judge and jury found him guilty.

    Chenbey, Armitage and Rove should also have gone to jail and Novak should have led the way in a striped jail suit.

    We are supposed to be a Nation of Laws, whatever happened to the Law and Order republicans?

    January 22, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. carolp

    cheney who? we haven't heard/seen from him in eight years and he has something to say now? find yourself another cave!

    January 22, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. HouseDiva

    Cheney looked like Mr. Potter from the movie It's a Wonderful Life at the inauguration in that wheelchair carrying a cane....someone should wheel him down a flight of stairs, but he's too evil to die.

    Cheney should shut his filthy lieing mouth...He should be the one in Libby's place, but he's too evil to be incarcerated too.

    January 22, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. R C

    Cheney is NOT someone who should be given any credence.
    Cheney definitely IS someone who should be doing the rest of his life in prison, "there is not doubt." (a phrase which is a favorite of his)
    Cheney, along with Bush, have done more ACTUAL damage to America than any other person in our history.
    Someone who has done more actual damage to our country. Does that deserve life in prison?
    There is no doubt.

    January 22, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. believe

    why should he be pardoned, all he got was a slap on the risk, cheney should be in jail, nasty republicans.

    January 22, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Kathy

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

    Because he was pulling the puppet's strings!!

    January 22, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Greg

    Good riddance, Dick. And your first name is apt for the way you acted as VP, the deceit you pulled on fellow Republicans to back the Iraq invasion, and the kickbacks to friends that war allowed through Halliburton and misappropriation of government contracts. It's a shame your heart didn't end your term sooner.

    January 22, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Wes

    Here's the solution: get rid of Presidential pardons. I've never been happy with a single one.

    January 22, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Jim

    Bush should have given Cheney the pardon. May Cheney spend the rest of his days in litigation.

    January 22, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Randy

    Hey Cheney who cares what you think when you were Vise President you were no where around so dig yourself a hole a crawl in it.

    January 22, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. pjartco

    Didn't agree with Mr. Bush very often. Agree with him 100% here.

    January 22, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Keith Austin

    Cheney wants his buddy pardoned who was instrumental in obstructing the investigation of the outing of a CIA agent thus compromising our national security and breaking the law?

    This is such a NON news story.

    How ELSE could Cheney feel about that?

    January 22, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. KATHLEEN

    Cheney's friend Libby who, I think took the rap for Cheney!.
    Pardon the crooks and leave the innocents to rot in jail.
    The rich take care of the rich. Maybe Cheney will someday
    be in the cell next to Libby.

    January 22, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. Proud to be American

    I am hopeful that our President will go after Cheney and Bush for war crimes....

    January 22, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. Alex Winter

    Wow Bush actually refused to do something that Cheney wanted done?

    January 22, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. McFly

    B-O-O, H-O-O ... he sounds like a sniveling nitwit!

    January 22, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. John Santoro

    SO!!!!!!!!!!

    January 22, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Billy

    Go home you Dick head and live your life with all the crimes you have done.Think of the crimes you have done one at a time when you lift your spoon to feed yourself, Can you eat that?

    January 22, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. PS

    Hey Dick, maybe you feel a bit guilty because it should of been you in JAIL!

    January 22, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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