August 30th, 2009
02:43 PM ET
9 years ago

Cheney: Investigating CIA interrogations a political move

In an interview broadcast Sunday, former Vice President Cheney said he thought President Obama is 'trying to duck responsibility' when it comes to a recently announced probe of the CIA.

In an interview broadcast Sunday, former Vice President Cheney said he thought President Obama is 'trying to duck responsibility' when it comes to a recently announced probe of the CIA.

(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the Justice Department's decision to review waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques is politically motivated.

Cheney said he opposes the decision by Attorney General Eric Holder to ask a former prosecutor to review CIA interrogations of high-profile terrorism suspects.

Cheney made clear he believes President Obama directed Holder to launch the review because the president is feeling pressure from left-wing Democrats. Cheney said the review will undermine the willingness of CIA personnel to conduct necessary operations.

"I think it's a terrible decision," Cheney said on "Fox News Sunday." "It's clearly a political move. There's no other rationale for why they're doing this."

He criticized Obama for allowing a review considering the president previously said that CIA operatives involved in the interrogations would not be prosecuted. "I think he's trying to duck responsibility for what's going on here, and I think it's wrong," Cheney said.

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soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. Dave in Albuquerque

    The war-criminal-in-chief objects to the investigation of war crimes.

    August 30, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. unshrub

    TO Cheney everything is politics because when you are as dishonest as he is, you always think the other guy is trying to pull something because that is how he is.

    August 30, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Suzan

    What do you expect Chaney to say.......he's got to cover his butt........and for him saying that this is a "political move that there isn't any other rational reason for this" .....yeah there is another reason and that is to put him behind bars where the rest of the criminals are.......he isn't above the law just because he was the VP of this a matter of fact he should be held to higher standards and should have known better than to try to pull the wool over the eyes of the people of this country.....he is afraid that this investigation is going to show all of this country and the World what a low life this man is.........

    August 30, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Joanna in PA

    No it isn't Cheney. Obama has said over and over again that he wishes to move on. But you see, the justice department isn't the same as yours Cheney. it isn't in your pocket. it isn't political, it must investigate you and your many many crimes. To preserve our great nation and what we stand for you must be investigated. You brought this on yourself. So shut up!

    August 30, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. sunshine

    i beg to differ with you mr. cheney, it's not political, it's called finding out the truth and holding those accountable if wrong was indeed done.

    August 30, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. Ruty

    Investigate, PLEASE. I love to see Cheney and Bush stammer for words to explain their way out of this. In my opinion, both are crooks and should be in prison.

    August 30, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. MrObvious

    Sorry Mr. Cheney, the Justice Department does not do politics.

    August 30, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Retired US Army Officer - Kansas

    No Mr Cheney, it is crimminal. Politics aside, violations of US law and US treaties are not political matters, they are crimminal matters.

    August 30, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. M. Madison

    When we see a video showing rogue police officers beating suspects, we're outraged. Investigating those beatings doesn't undermine the police - it strengthens it by getting rid of people within its ranks that break the law, it raises public confidence, and, of course, enforces the law. Why is the situation with the CIA different? If someone has broken the law, then they should be prosecuted.

    August 30, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. Dennis

    Political? Of course it's political–in the same way that the Congress didn't challenge to torture policy for years becasue they believed it would cost them an election. It was just as political as the opinion letters from the White House Office of Legal Counsel which gave the President broad and sweeping powers to ignore any law made by Congress under the auspices of "National Security." Why do people not trust government? Well–I'm sure it's just political.

    August 30, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. Mike S.

    Dick Cheney brags that for eight years there were no terrorist attacks on America. He seems to have forgotten Sept. 11th, which happened on his watch. Like Bush said "We won the trifecta" which allowed him and Cheney to launch into a deficit spending spree, wars justified with false intelligence, and interrogation techniques outlawed decades ago. Did Dick Cheney really think history would simply overlook his administration?

    August 30, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Doug

    Very good Sunday funnies; Dick when he isn't killing, torturing or just out shooting his friends in the face is always good for a laugh

    August 30, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. etiene

    Do you think any of the thousands of Americans crushed and laying under tons of steel in the twin towers thought that waterboarding was too harsh on the perpatrators? If one American life was saved because of the information gathered it was worth it.

    August 30, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Dianne

    Oh yes, it's a vast left-wing consipiracy...

    August 30, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. PJ Yost

    And if they hadnt used enhanced techniques and the planned attack on Los Angeles International airport had been successful and thousands more Americans killed, why then all these liberals would be outraged we "didnt do more" to prevent them. Nancy Pelosi and many other Democrats knew about, approved of and even asked if even more "enhanced" techniques were needed back in 2002. Now they turn around and feign outrage that the techniques they approved of were used. Cheney is absolutely right, it is political.

    August 30, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. jack

    Cheney is absolutely right. Obama and his appointees are putting our nations security at risk purely for political gain. This will ultimately cost him the White House.

    August 30, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. Clay

    Common criminals always try to justify their illegal actions. Cheney is obviously no different.

    August 30, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. Michael Chefalo

    I guess he is in a good position to understand political moves. Wasn't his whole career about that?

    August 30, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. AlRam

    Whatever it is, it is the right thing to do. No one should be above the law. Especially Cheney.

    August 30, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. wanda

    if you're/they're worried about terrorists being abused why don't you say something about drones blowing up groups of people...Obama's Commander in Chief. because you're all political and you don't REALLY care.

    August 30, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Nigel

    Political or not it is wrong. The only investigation should be was the law followed? That is the law on waterboarding. Now the law may have been wrong or not – that is a debate – I think it was wrong personally, but did the CIA follow that law? If so, no case. Public servants and particularly the FBI and CIA cannot be held accountable for actions that may be deemed inappropriate by some future administration provided that at the time they were following the law. Period.

    August 30, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. anthony

    So, when Republicans in Congress were investigating President Clinton in the 90s, first on Whitewater and then on Monica Lewinsky, it was not politically motivated? I thought Republicans like to conduct investigations. As long as the subjects of investigation are not Republicans, of course.

    August 30, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Liliana

    What a crook! He was silent during 8 years of misgovernment. Now he fears what's to come: Justice. I can visualize him in North Carolina with Bernie Maddoff. That is where he belongs, in prison.

    He, Rusmfeld and their team of crooks are responsible for a war that should have never happened. A war that has costed thousands of lives in both, Irak and America. Who is investigating their oil business? The contracts to Halliburton with no bidding process? How much money has this guy and his team of thieves made out of that? He admits that he is ok with not respecting our laws. What kind of VP was this?

    August 30, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. Get a Life

    Why would I care about what happens to the worst of the worst at Guantanamo Bay. They wouldnt hesitate to kill an American....

    August 30, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. susie

    I don't understand why Democrats care so much about the Gitmo prisoners rights, and thinking nothing about aborting babies and their rights.

    August 30, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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