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. Enrique, Chicago, IL

    Cheney is a pathetic VP. The day he leaves DC, this country will instantly be a better place.

    July 31, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. L. P. Smith, Atlanta, Georgia

    Cheney is trying to keep the lid a major scandal. The firing of U.S. Attorneys is only the tip of the iceberg–

    The scandal that Cheney is trying to cover-up is called "Caging."

    Caging = stealing the votes of three million Americans in the 2004 presidential election!

    See for yourself–



    July 31, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Kathe Oakland California

    Cheny and his friend "Al" please give me a break. They are all in this thing together and their personal close friend "Al" is taking all the heat for them – Bush, Cheny, Rove.

    July 31, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. CTurner, Durham, NC

    If Congress finds any witches in the Bush Administration will we be allowed to burn them? I'll bring the marshmallows.

    July 31, 2007 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    Come on CNN. Ask the tough questions like:

    VP Cheney. What does it feel like to have the majority of U.S. citizens loath you.

    VP Cheney. Why is you and your administration feel you are above the law.

    VP Cheney. Does it concern you that we've lost more American military troops and contractors fighting your malicious war in Iraq than we did U.S. citizens on 9/11.

    VP Cheney. Are you concerned about impeachment proceedings against you and possible war crime charges once you're out of office.

    I'm sure you eloquent folks can come up with better than that.

    July 31, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Steve ~ Portland

    I know you're ready with pitch and fork in hand to storm the White House based on your "perceived" facts. But let me help you out....

    YELLOW CAKE – Bush made a 16-word statement in the 2003 State of the Union Address: "The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa"

    Based on the total evidence of intelligence that was available – his assertion was the truth as was known at the time. British Intelligence as well as other sources were used. Don't believe me – check out FACTCHECK.ORG

    Valerie Plames name was not revealed by the White House – but by Richard Armitage. November 15, 2005 it was given to Bob Woodward (Washington Post) – that's Woodward's statement! Look up Wikipedia & Richard Armitage to get the CORRECT INFO.

    Now... what other "lies" do you have??

    July 31, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Eric, A-TX

    Someone wrote:
    "How about saying terrorists were already in Iraq before we attacked."

    So let me get this straight... we know, for certain, that Al Qaeda was in:
    Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Malaysia, Phillipines, the greater middle east, much of south east asia, Spain, France, Germany, Great Britain, USA, Florida, New York, Minnesota, Arizona... the list goes on and on.

    They were in AAAALLLL of these places, but they were somehow magically NOT in Iraq.

    Sorry, fella... I'm not buying it.

    The day a liberal is ACTUALLY serious about defending this nation and the modern western world against these Seventh Century Barbarians, he/she might get my vote. Not until then.

    July 31, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. billy kalina, hallettsville, TX.

    When reading all of these postings, you would think that we were back in the time of the Spanish Inquisition.
    The US Attorneys are employed at the pleasure of the President. No crime in firing them. Bill Clinton axed all of the US Attorneys at one time while he was in office.
    Since the DEMs have taken control of the Congres, has anything of sbustance been passed? Besides a pay raise for themselves.
    You people need to open your eyes. Stop letting Clinton INC. think for you and take your party back from the moveon.orgs of the world.
    In closing, asking tough questions is not something that CNN does. Ask the DEM pres candidates. They are never asked anything that has to require thought.

    July 31, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. Tony Economou, Queen Creek, AZ

    A witch hunt? No Dick! We are just tired of your Good Ole Boys pissing on our Constitution. You care nothing about Democracy, Liberty, or Freedom.

    Here is a quote from Herman Goering at Nuremburg:

    "Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."

    Sounds alot like you and King George took some notes from Hermann.

    July 31, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. James H. H. Lampert, Fountain Valley, CA

    If the efforts to bring Gonzales to justice constitute "a bit of a witch hunt," then what do you call the Republican vendetta against President Clinton? The Spanish Inquisition?

    July 31, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  11. Sally

    Well, no one's ever accused Dick Cheney of being in touch with reality. This is just another of hundreds of examples why.

    July 31, 2007 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. John from America

    Well Mark,

    "RE: Attorney firings

    What did the Bush adminstration do that was illegal or unconstitutional when it fired these attorneys?
    Posted By Mark, Shreveport, LA : July 31, 2007 4:47 pm"

    It is a crime to use the Justice Department for the expressed purpose of influencing elections in favor of the GOP. Firing Attorneys for not bringing charges without evidence only to help the GOP is a crime. Having Heather Wilson and Senator Pete from NM call the White House to remove the Attorney from NM because he wouldn't move on false charges against the Democrats before the election was criminal. It looks like you and others of your persuasion like Jon from Sacramento will fabricate your own facts, recall past issues not related to the present crimes with the intention of letting these criminals (Bush, Cheney, Libby, etc)off the hook! You Mark are helping to destroy our Democracy!

    July 31, 2007 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  13. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    Jon – yes Armitage was the 1st.. where did he get the info? Also, note that Woodward didn't publish because he knew better. When he didn't publish, Scooter leaked to more reporters and Rover confirmed... both illegal acts.

    As to Gonzo - Anybody who says "I don't recall" 65 times in one session with congress is either hiding something or completely incompentant. Either way, he needs to go.

    July 31, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  14. erika morgan black dimond wa

    I'm interested that folks who wrote from Texas and Wyoming seem to 100% understand the dangers of Bush/Cheney's lies and misleadings to our way of life. This makes me understand that it takes a while to understand the extent of the falsehoods they speak. Gonzo is loyal to the criminals, that is why they protect him. The biggest lie is the trumped up danger we are under, when the towers were hit I immediately knew our government was complacent with the attack, as they were with Pearl Harbor, I just think they miscalculated the extent of the attack, probably the complex plan was beyond their comprehension. Feudal Lords have been scaring the peasants of nebulous undefined dangers since the middle ages in order to control them. I'm not falling for it, I'm going with Caesar's admonition "a coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man but once".

    July 31, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. fedupwithourgov't


    July 31, 2007 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  16. marge, FV, NJ

    PLEASE-stop parroting talking points. All attorney generals hand in a letter of resignation when a new president is elected. Bush fired his OWN appointed attorney generals. How many presidents fired their own??? That is the question. Could I get an answer from all you Clinton bashers?

    July 31, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. marge, FV, NJ

    The Dems may not have enough votes to get anything major done, but at least they stopped the Repubs from doing any more damage until January 20, 2009.

    July 31, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. Mike, Coarsegold Calif

    Hey Jon (from Sacramento) Great Post!
    I think you and I are the only ones on the left coast who know why Willy was impeached.

    July 31, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    DUCK Here Comes DICK!

    July 31, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  20. Steve, Portland

    Jon in Sacramento, No it's not perceived, one name, Karl Rove you seem to have forgotten about him.

    August 1, 2007 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  21. Michael Saint Louis

    Ok, this is the third blog I have gone over and I must say I am really starting to scratch my head at some people. I mean, its bad enough that 30% of those polled still think the bush administration, but I think it is downright horrifying that there still are ordinary citizens out here still defending this mockery of a white house leadership.

    Jon of Sacramento, what is your deal?? How can you even begin to defend the VP of all people? How can you still defend the AG or bush?

    I checked your little factcheck thing. And all it states is that the administration relied on bad information to start a war, big surprise there. It is rather suspicious that even when the CIA discovered the faulty data, no one else knew about it for quite a while afterwards.

    Are you that dense? The bush administration knew the whole time. They didnt go to Iraq to make the world safer? Do you homework, check some other websites? Did you know that bush AND cheney are gonna retire so rich it wont even be funny? Did you know that Cheney is a major stockholder of several major companies and firms doing business in iraq right now?

    If you or anyone else can add 1 and 1 and get 2, then you should be well aware that bush and cheney are both ripping off taxpayers left and right, at the cost of innocent lives.

    As far as the attorney firing scandal. In the beginning I wouldn't have suspected anything big, but now there are multiple incidents where officials in the justice department has bold-face lied. Now if what they were doing was legal and proper, why lie? You get your facts straight.

    Finally, there's the comparison to the Clinton scandal. Seriously Jon, if thats the best you got, then I dont know what else to say. Clinton lied, sure, whatever, he made a mistake, but he really didnt do anything wrong. He had an affair? Thats personal. President or not, if he isnt above the law then his personal life isnt above the public. The republican congress was wrong to put him in the hotseat, and i dont blame him at all for panicking.

    Jon and others still trying to defend this, stop. Just wait til 08, then slowly but surely the truth will come out, the white house criminals will end up in prison, and the Dems will start reversing the damage against this wonderful country.

    August 1, 2007 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  22. impeachnow

    Cheney on Gonzales? Here's politics at its very worst. Pot...kettle...etc

    August 1, 2007 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  23. Mark, Philadelphia, PA

    And you are going to listen to Lord Voldemort in the flesh! Cheney is an unhappy, self centered, controlling, devil in the flesh...

    August 1, 2007 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  24. Pete, T.S. FL

    Jon, Sacramento,

    You have two choices:

    1. Take of the blinders!
    2. Move to Dubai!

    You justify the evils of this the worst administration in modern American history by attacking the former president Clinton. Get off the Kool-Aid and embrace America before it is too late!


    August 1, 2007 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  25. Jim in Memphis, TN

    I see the kool-aid drinkers are out in force. One of the commenters claims "99% of the evidence" at the time of the WMD claims supported that story. This is what we call a lie, children. The evidence that supported claims of WMD was cherry-picked, and evidence that conflicted with that narrative was disregarded. How, if 99% of the evidence all pointed to the existence of an Iraqi stockpile of WMDs, does one explain the great many people who said there were no WMDs and have since been entirely vindicated? What about how the same people predicted, correctly, that the rosy expectations for the war were false? Lucky guesses, I'm sure. If no lies were told about the war, if Americans were not being methodically mislead by the government via willing media lapdogs, why did a full 70% of Americans believe Iraq had been involved in the 9/11 attacks? Oh, nevermind. They've got nothing but their undying loyalty to a criminal administration running roughshod over the Constitution, like all the other thumb-sucking authoritatian power worshippers wanting Daddy to save them from the evil terrorists, and they'll give up anything, ANYTHING, to feel the slightest bit safer, including their rights, their freedoms, and the meaning and identity of America. Do whatever you want, lie, cheat, steal, but PLEASE don't let the bad guys get us! I'd rather die a free American from a terrorist action than live a coward in an unrecognizable country.

    Cheney's supporters don't have much to say about his ethics, because it's hard to talk about things that don't exist in any reasonable way...but they seem much more comfortable talking about Bill Clinton's failings. Old habits die hard, I guess. A land deal gone wrong where after millions of dollars spent investigating and millions of words of news coverage, no wrongdoing was ever uncovered. A trumped up sexual harrassment lawsuit and a perjury trap that had nothing to do with the substance of the lawsuit. The replacement of all the US attorneys, something most Presidents do when taking office–and something the Republicans raised cain about at the time, suggesting Clinton had done so to protect a friend in legal trouble, who ended up going to prison anyway, not that the Republicans felt the least bit of shame for all their screeching and handwringing over how he was going to get off. Long discredited BS is all they're offering in defense of Cheney. Sad. None of which validates that Attorney General lying to Congress or the Vice President's support of him. But hey, I don't think we should be so hard on Cheney. I know that if someone was lying his head off in front of CONGRESS to protect me and my unrestrained lawbreaking and totally unconstitutional philosophy of absolute executive power, I sure would be all over the place talking about what a great standup guy he was. Whattapal, whattapal, whattapal...

    August 1, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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