July 31st, 2007
03:08 PM ET
11 years ago

Cheney: Senate probe is a "witch hunt"

Vice President Dick Cheney.

(CNN)–Vice President Dick Cheney told CNN's Lary King Tuesday his thoughts on the Senate investigation regarding the firings of U.S. Attorneys. "With respect to the U.S. Attorneys, there has been, I think, a bit of a witch hunt on Capitol Hill as they keep rolling over rocks hoping they can find something," he said. "But there really hasn't been anything that has come up to suggest that there was any wrongdoing of any kind."

When asked his thoughts on the man at the center of the controversy, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Cheney was equally resolute. "Al's a good man, a good friend, on a difficult assignment," he said.

"Are you troubled by what appears to have happened, the appearance of him not telling the truth?" King asked. "Well, I don't want to get into the specifics with respect to his testimony and the questions that were asked. I know Al on a personal and professional basis and I hold him in high regard," Cheney replied. The Vice president again re-stated his support for Gonzales.

Cheney also discussed with King his role as President of the Senate.

The full interview with Vice President Cheney can be seen on "Larry King Live" at 9:00pm eastern Tuesday on CNN.

–CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford

Filed under: Alberto Gonzales • Dick Cheney
soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. Brian Blank, Evanston, IL

    If Cheney wants to label this a witch hunt then so be it. Let's hunt witches! And let's start with him. He's a callous ghoul who cannot seem to distinguish the truth from fiction. He probably believes that he's the only one who understands the "truth" and that he is the only one who is really protecting the USA. When in actuality, he has done almost immeasurable harm to this country that will take decades to repair. It will be a joyous day when he retires from government, which won't be long from now. Then perhaps we can make every effort the undo the damage he continues to do.

    July 31, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Thick as thieves, I believe the expression goes. Perfectly reasonable for them to call it a witch hunt, since it's basically what Bill Clinton did: lie to Congress. Cheney's the Worst Christian Ever.

    July 31, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Lily Ayers, Greenville, SC

    The Bush Administration are all liars
    especially Cheney. After his lies of why we must fight Irag, who in thier right mind would believe a word he says. Maybe Ann Coulter.

    July 31, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Tom St Louis MO

    It is time to throw the baby out with the bath water.

    Cheney is "The Don of the White House". What Cheney really meant was "Al's a goodfella". Gonzales was nothing more than muscle for the current Administration when he used his "bedside manner" pushing the illegial activity of "the family". Gonzalas got "made" when he was appointed to his post as the Attorney General, nothing more.

    The current Administration is so dirty and covertly criminal (not so covertly any more) that I have take a shower everytime I read anything about these crooks.

    Impeach them all and clear the good name of the American people with the rest of the common and decent people of the world.

    July 31, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Hannity, San Diego, Ca

    Dick Cheney eats kittens.

    July 31, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Jess, Madisonville, KY

    Cheny needs to be put on trial for crimes against humanity.

    He's so smug. He's getting away with murder.


    July 31, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. will, new york, ny

    Dick Cheney and George Bush are one of the best things that happened to America!!

    July 31, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Gregory Raborn, Bryans Road MD

    It's about time that there is a witch hunt on the hill. There are pleanty of people that need to be burned for their crimes. The entire administration spends so much time and effort lying to the public and then covering themselves for those lies that they have done so little for the people. There used to be a thing called checks and balances, but now Bush and Cheney have appointed themselves as the Kings of America. Isn't this the same thing that we went to war with England for oh so long ago ???

    July 31, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. qwerty, NYC ny

    does cheney think people still care about what he has to say?

    July 31, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Wash, Wash, DC

    A witch hunt? Kind of like what the GOP did to Clinton? Oh, wait, this is worse, it infringes on my freedoms. What goes around comes around stupid GOP.

    July 31, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Clayton Dallas, TX

    I really wish King would press him. You can't say that nothing has been found. We've found out that the AG has little working knowledge of what takes place in the DoJ. We've found that people working immediately under the AG were knowingly violating DoJ guidelines in ways that would predictably influence elections. We've found that successful USA's have been terminated for failing to pursue voter fraud cases that all involved parties have regarded as being without merit. We've found had people confess to hiring practices in DoJ that "cross the line" of legality. All that has been found in spite of Bush's extensive use of executive privilege to prevent Congress from seeing documents and interviewing witnesses. I'd say that's pretty darn good work.

    July 31, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Mark, Shreveport, LA

    RE: Attorney firings

    What did the Bush adminstration do that was illegal or unconstitutional when it fired these attorneys?

    July 31, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    I wouldn't even give such a vile, repulsive creature as Cheney my time let alone a comment.

    July 31, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. Harry W, Boise, ID

    Oh... HERE you all are. There was report of villages missing their idiots.

    It's great to know all that is needed to "bait" you is a picture of Dick Chaney – and you all come running, clucking away.

    What is scary is not the current administration... but the idea you loons actually get to vote.

    If only there were a competency test before allowing people to vote!

    July 31, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    "I wouldn’t even give such a vile, repulsive creature as Cheney my time let alone a comment."

    Posted By Tricia M Charlottetown PEI : July 31, 2007 4:53 pm


    So why DID you comment?? Adding to the quality of the discussion??

    July 31, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Kathy, Syracuse, NY

    The man is evil personified. He opens his mouth and lies spill out.

    July 31, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Travis, Afton, Wyoming!

    Love you Cheney! Keep up the good work. Ignore these haters from the invested-in-American defeat camp. Think about it...America wins in Iraq and the dems get hurt politically. Think about it!

    July 31, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Joshua, New Orleans, LA

    The man's lying face disgusts me. I for one am glad doctors saved him from his heart device malfunctioning, at least now there still some chance of him dying a painful death. Though honestly, death would not be enough to make up for the blatent lies he, W, Gonzales, and everyother Bush-admin croney have chocked the American people on. Take up arms, America, it's the only way out now. Don't get me started on their botchery of New Orleans.

    July 31, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Walter Wojciechowski Minooka, IL

    The Cheney's of the world thank God for Larry King. Few people will give these guys the airtime to spew their spin without recourse. Thanks Larry, maybe just stick to the non-issue interviews. I think K-Fed may be free for some meaningless talk, just stop being an enabler.

    July 31, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. Dave Mowery, Sacramento, CA

    Why should "we the people" expect the VP to support oversight efforts by Congress? He is part of an administration that has a lot of explaining to do...an administration to gutless to own up to their

    July 31, 2007 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. chris

    Cheney makes Boss Tweed look like Mother Theresa. The smug dismissive tone of a king with no respect for popular sovereignty. The citizens who still support him and Bush have no respect for not just their own rights but the rights of others.

    If you wish to give up your right to freedom of speech, you can't rob me of mine. If you wish to give up your freedom from illegal searches without warrant supported by oath or affirmation, you can't rob me of mine.

    July 31, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    What did the Bush adminstration do that was illegal or unconstitutional when it fired these attorneys?

    It is suspected that Bush dismissed these US attorneys in the middle of the term (this is unprecidented) because they were not pursuing the WH's political agenda. They were being pressured by the administration to prosecute cases of Democratic corruption (where none existed) and to ignore/halt investigation into Republican corruption. This is WHY they are calling the members of the the DoJ to testify. They are trying to find out if these US attorneys were fired for POLITICAL reasons (the evidence, 50 million missing emails, refusal of aides to tesitfy, hiding behind executive privelege). If this is the case, then it is most definitely illegal. However, it's hard to find the truth of the matter when the administration is stonewalling every effort to find the truth.

    July 31, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. alex chapman ville platte,la.

    Cheney talking about turning over rocks & looking for slimy things;now that's something he knows something about.

    July 31, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. Lisa Smith, Atlanta, Georgia

    Cheney personifies everything that is wrong in our leadership:

    Arrogance, Dishonesty, Cover-Up, Denial

    July 31, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. Steve, Portland, OR

    Get it right is the correct statement. Wasn't the yellow cake episode with Bush and this misinformation and leaking Valerie Plumes name enough to convince most.How about saying terrorists were already in Iraq before we attacked. Misinfomation, lies and deception and fear are what this administration is all about.There isn't any need to look under any rocks. This stuff is blatantly thrown in our faces everyday by this disfuctional executive branch. I agree it is about time congress is doing it's job and protecting not only citizens rights, but the executive offices that seem to be run amok by persons who feel because of their postion they are above the law. Time to impeach to save these offices and what they are supposed to stand for.

    July 31, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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