July 16th, 2008
12:20 PM ET
11 years ago

Bush keeps Cheney's CIA leak interview under wraps

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/16/art.bush.cheney.jpg caption="President Bush used executive privilege to avoid turning over FBI interviews with Vice President Cheney."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush has blocked the release of Vice President Dick Cheney's interview with investigators probing the leak of a CIA agent's identity, invoking executive privilege Wednesday to keep that document and others under wraps.

Bush asserted the privilege claim at the request of Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who has been under pressure from a congressional committee to turn over the transcript of Cheney's interview, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said. Mukasey argued that releasing the transcript would discourage
future witnesses from being questioned outside grand jury proceedings.

The records stem from the investigation into the 2003 exposure of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, whose husband had accused the Bush administration of twisting the intelligence used to justify the invasion of Iraq. Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was convicted of obstructing justice and perjury in connection with the disclosure, but was not charged with leaking her name.

Filed under: Dick Cheney • President Bush
soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Torres NY

    It's not ironic that these two goons belong to a cult called the sculls. They’re bent with the idea of death and destruction, turmoil, confusion, anger and lies. Impeach both Bush and Cheney and give them a one-way ticket to Riker’s Island. The media should be ashamed of themselves by not televising the truth to the American public. Give Obama a chance to railroad these thieves right into the slammer. McCaine rime’s with Novocain –wich means that this guy will hide the pain and misery these two thugs has caused us all. Obama 08.

    July 16, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Halderman & Erlichman

    This is the most dishonest and dishonorable administration we've seen since Watergate of 40 years ago.

    July 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Paris

    Good for Bush.

    I am glad he did that.

    July 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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