WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney told CNN Sunday that former President George W. Bush should have pardoned former side I. Scooter "Lewis" Libby, and that he was unhappy his former chief of staff had been left "sort of hanging in the wind."
Bush had turned down Cheney's request for a Libby pardon. "Well, it was - it was one of the moments that occurred in the administration where we had fundamental difference of opinion," Cheney told John King on State of the Union. "I believe firmly that Scooter was unjustly accused and prosecuted and deserved a pardon, and the president disagreed with that."
King asked whether any of the discussions had been angry or tense ones, or involved shouting. "Those kinds of details, I think, are best left to history," replied Cheney. "Maybe I'll write about it in my book."
Cheney is writing an as-yet untitled memoir about his four decades in Washington.
He told King he and the president had spoken by phone three times in the past few weeks, and that the two men had "built a very solid, lasting relationship" - although he remained unhappy with Bush's decision on Libby. "I was clearly not happy that we, in effect, left Scooter sort of hanging in the wind, which I didn't think was appropriate. I think he's an innocent man who deserves a pardon," he said.
Cheney also defended Rush Limbaugh from charges by some conservative commentators that the radio host was electoral "kryptonite."
"Rush is a good friend. I love him," Cheney told King. "I think he does great work and has for years. He's now offered to debate President Obama on his radio show. Hell, I'd pay to see that! It would be interesting to have developed. I think Rush is a good man and serves a very important purpose."
Scooter Libby.... REALLY? Rumsfeld and Rove? The whole Bush Administration should be tried as war criminals!
I'm sure 95% of the country wishes Dick Cheney would just go away. Ideally, in a jail cell for his egregious violations of our Constitution during the past eight years. But anywhere out of our view would do. We just don't need to hear from him about terrorism, Scooter Libby, the economy, or anything else. He ran this country into the ground, left it in great peril, and can't look at himself in the mirror and say, "Gee, I really botched my two terms."
The world will be a better place once the International Court in The Hague charges Bush and Cheney with war crimes.
Both Bush and Cheney were excellent examples of the "Peter Principle" in action.
i wish cnn would do some real reporting. if they did, perhaps we wouldn't be in the mess we are in.
cheney is a war criminal and that's not a hysterical statement. he intentionally lied and misled the american people into the iraq war, and he orchestrated the torture of hundreds of prisoners who had absolutely nothing to do with 9-11.
he is not a patriot. he is a treasonous criminal.
Why is still Cheney still ranting about Scooter Libby?
Talk about Republican whining at it's best.
Cheney is irrelevant, his place in the sun (and politics) is over.
You are now irrelevent old man....and no one really gives a flying **** what you have to say about anything. Do everyone a big favor, and just disappear into history.
They left Libby hanging and Chenny should have been right beside him. That's the real sad part. If Chenny writes a book what a fairy tale that will be.
Anyone wasting their money on a book Cheney writes, will be doing just that 'wasting their money'. Unless is divulges why he shot his buddy in the face while bird hunting.
I think it was to warn one and all, not to cross Dick Chaney.
Why isn't the ENTIRE BuschReich in jail for crimes against humanity???
Chuck Norris can only be tried by himself. He's always found innocent by reason of extreme roundhouse kicks.
I agree with Cheney; it was a trumped up charge to begin with by people with powerful connections to protect a woman who didn't need protection. And who, by the way, stands to gain handso mely from the situation. As for you loons who think Cheney and company are criminals, take a good look around you. Your camp is full of them. I wish I felt as confident of our safety and security with them in charge as I did with the previous group. Just because you don't agree with them doesn't make them criminal; it just makes them smarter than you.
Why does CNN still give this criminal a place to speak?
Well now that Cheney has all of "Hush Limbutt's" talking points out this should give him a weeks worth of babble.
Cheney is an evil man.
Words mean very little to an untrustworthy character. They WANTED to leave Libby hanging! They DO NOT want a talkative Libby should Scooter get the pardon Cheney is so evocative about. Words belie Cheney's actual intent here. Say one thing but mean entirely something else. And as to the matter of "getting hit again"!, my question still is: Why was it so convenient for Larry Silverstein, the owner of WTC, to have had in place enough, just enough, "insurance" so as to have had coverage for TWO terrorist attacks, let alone, ONE and why was there evidence for Thermate on the premises, the kind of stuff used in demolition processes? These TWO combinations alone strongly suggest that CHENEY HIT US!
What on earth made John King think an interview with this criminal was something we – who are still healing – would want to be subjected to. It's apparent Mr. King is a wing nut who needs points for future reference – is he going to run for political office? Where's Wolf?
To...PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth. And I guess you believe it's smart for this adminstraion to hire on tax cheats, and to tax the hell out of the American people during a recession?
This guy is biggest terrorist on earth; he should shut up and be glad he's not being prosecuted.
Maybe Scooter knows enough to hang Cheney and that's why we keep hearing about this...Cheney is worried Scooter will talk.
Maybe one of those future terrorist attacks will catch cheney. That would be great.
It's time for this selfish, self absorbed loser to go away.
John King, no matter how hard you try – you will never be
able to make the Bush Admin. look good. How dare you
try to insult America's intelligence by those cream puff
questions you were throwing at Cheny. There is no doubt
in America's mind that we went to war with Irak under false
pretense. Dick Cheny needs to go and get a life and admit
that his admin BLEW IT – CNN, JOHN KING try to be just a
little FARE AND BALANCED with your POLITICS.
Republicans fear factors. Cheney and the previous president spent eight years in power and accomplish almost nothing.Their only accomplishment is two wars, a bad economy, a recession, deep national debt, and high unemployment.
Go away you tired, old curmudgeon.
Your day is finally past, go back to the ranch and wallow in your ill-gotten, blood-spattered money.
Good riddance. And I hope the ghosts of our soldiers, who have died for no reason, haunt you until the day you die. Few would mind if that happens soon.