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.
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.
There is no pardon for you slimy Cheney.
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!
Bush had only made a presidential decision 4 times in eight years and Cheney did not like any of them.
Yea, Dicky, and we should have indited you!
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.
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?
cheney who? we haven't heard/seen from him in eight years and he has something to say now? find yourself another cave!
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.
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.
why should he be pardoned, all he got was a slap on the risk, cheney should be in jail, nasty republicans.
"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!!
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.
Here's the solution: get rid of Presidential pardons. I've never been happy with a single one.
Bush should have given Cheney the pardon. May Cheney spend the rest of his days in litigation.
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.
Didn't agree with Mr. Bush very often. Agree with him 100% here.
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?
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.
I am hopeful that our President will go after Cheney and Bush for war crimes....
Wow Bush actually refused to do something that Cheney wanted done?
B-O-O, H-O-O ... he sounds like a sniveling nitwit!
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?
Hey Dick, maybe you feel a bit guilty because it should of been you in JAIL!