November 19th, 2008
04:50 AM ET
14 years ago

Texas grand Jury indicts Cheney, Gonzales

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Vice President Dick Cheney"](CNN) - A grand jury in south Texas indicted Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on separate charges related to alleged prisoner abuse in federal detention centers, Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra told CNN Tuesday.

On the southern tip of Texas, Willacy County is on the United States-Mexico border.

Democratic state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. is also charged in the indictment. Michael R. Cowen, an attorney for Lucio, issued a statement calling Guerra a "one man circus."

"In the March 2008 Democratic Primary, 70 percent of the Willacy County voters elected to remove Juan Guerra as Willacy County District Attorney," Cowen said in a statement. "Now, with only a few weeks left in his term, Mr.Guerra has again chosen to misuse his position in an attempt to seek revenge on those who he sees as political enemies."

Cheney spokeswoman Megan Mitchell said, "The vice president has not received an indictment."

The Associated Press reported that the indictment stems from Cheney's investment in the Vanguard Group - an investment management company that reportedly has interests in the prison companies in charge of the detention centers. It also charges Gonzales halted an investigation into abuse at the detention centers while he was attorney general.

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soundoff (151 Responses)
  1. Bob in Baltimore


    Too bad nothing will come of it. Personally I think he should be at GITMO being water boarded!

    November 19, 2008 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  2. DonnieJ

    I don't care if the indictment is solid or not. Dick Cheney is scum either way. Good riddance, Darth!

    November 19, 2008 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  3. Mason Myatt

    This should be the first of many. The net needs to be cast more broadly to get the other felons to be in the administration. It is one thing to face the future without bitterness and all that but calling law breakers to task for their violations is not a matter of backward looking bitterness-it is the law. Personally, I do feel some bitterness about how our nation has been raped and, yes, I will feel some pleasure if the Bush/Cheney/Halliburton/Rove/Gonzales/Rumsfeld crowd are made to pay for any crimes they committed but the fact of my pleasure is not an argument for letting that crowd get off with no responsibility at all for what may be war crimes, obstruction of justice, derelection of duty, fraud, blatant lies and even worse, the deaths of thousands of innocent American and Iraqi citizens.

    If no person is above the law, it is incumbent on our system to bring these thugs to justice. Yes, I can hope for these things even as I am full of pride and renewed hope for our nation's future based on America's Great Awakening of November 4, 2008.

    November 19, 2008 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  4. Fred

    Well, at least DA Juan Guerra got his name in the news.

    I hope it helps his ailing career.

    November 19, 2008 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  5. Robert Wooller Bradford England UK

    This is brilliant news. At last justice is beginning to trickle down. But I and many others won't rest until he is impeached along with Bush.

    November 19, 2008 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  6. Anonymous

    as one of the elitest, he no doubt is calling this action "laughable"; and has already instructed his underlings to make available all the dirt there is on these commoners, so as to quell the gaff..

    November 19, 2008 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  7. Jesse

    District Attorney Guerra is a shining ray of light for what is right and wrong. Nobody is above the law.

    November 19, 2008 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  8. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    There are going to be a lot of rocks turned over and many, many surprises as to what crawls out into the sunshine as a result.

    November 19, 2008 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  9. Mobius

    Hopefully the first of many.

    November 19, 2008 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  10. Tom in Delaware

    This will go nowhere...just more hype for the Democrats to rage about, only to later call for 'unity'.

    Secret Ballot, the'Fairness Doctrine', the complete abscence of an investigation into the Sub-Prime Mortgage mess (Chuck Schumer, Barney Frank, Maxine Powers, and Christopher Todd aren't going to investigate themselves), ...all with the blessing of the MSM.

    Check this out...

    It says it all.

    November 19, 2008 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  11. kirk in upstate new york

    It's about time.

    November 19, 2008 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  12. CB_Brooklyn

    Quote from Washington Post:
    The Bush administration issued a pair of secret memos to the CIA in 2003 and 2004 that explicitly endorsed the agency's use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding against al-Qaeda suspects - documents prompted by worries among intelligence officials about a possible backlash if details of the program became public.

    November 19, 2008 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  13. Obama for Leader

    About time !!!!!!!!

    November 19, 2008 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  14. Anonymous


    November 19, 2008 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  15. Jim in Bisbee

    Now Bush can pardon Cheney for any past or future accusations of illegal activities while in office, and point to this silly case as a reason for a need for such pardons. Willacy County District Attorney Juan Guerra has probably just given Bush/Cheney the best Christmas present ever.

    November 19, 2008 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  16. williefloyd

    Looks as though Joe Biden was right on when he said Cheney was the most dangerous V.P. in the history of our country. Too bad GW wasn't included in the indictment.

    Will be anxious to see if this gets posted!!

    November 19, 2008 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  17. chee hoo

    they should indict bush too!

    November 19, 2008 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  18. DX in TX

    Bush will pardon Cheney and Gonzales end of story....

    November 19, 2008 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  19. Dawn

    Bush/Cheney should be impeached, Pelose won' is what 62 days until the Berack Obama is sworn in, Pelose does not want to be President for that time period. Bush and Chaney could be more dangerous when they leave office. Bush can pardon alot of people before he leaves office. By the way the Impeachment process can be done in a day!

    Bush and Chaney had made a mockery out of our Country, now lets make a mockery out of them.

    Good riddens to back rubbish

    November 19, 2008 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  20. james in s.c.

    thats nice to hear, but they've should of wait till after jan. 20th to indicted them with no chance for king george to pardon them idiots!!!

    November 19, 2008 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  21. Scott

    Now lets go after Bush for war crimes!!! Why Pelosi did not have the backbone to impeach Bush is beyond me! Bush and Cheney are crooks and have destroyed America!

    November 19, 2008 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  22. D. Dean

    It never ceases to amaze me when Republicans excuse the misdeeds of someone in their own party by changing the subject and saying, "But look at what so-and-so did over here!" It's called "misdirection." Shine the light on something someone else did that is totally unrelated so you won't look at what your own guy is guilty of. Nice try, "Tom in Delaware," but strap yourself in, cause this is going to be a long, ugly ride. Talk about turning over rocks. The Bush Administration was like a "scandal a day," reality show during the past 8 years and that's just the stuff we found out about. Wait until the stuff we didn't know about is uncovered. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Gonzales, just to name a few, belong in Guantanamo instead of the prisoners who are there.

    November 19, 2008 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  23. SH

    People, calm down. This is probably from something more or less along he lines of food being just down right terrible. There is no way anyone was water boarded at Gitmo.

    I also think that this charge is a corruption of our justice system. Why did Gurrera only indite one investor from Vanguard? Why did he not indite all of them, and top executives at Vanguard? This is just the high profile case that Gurrera wants to have on his way out.

    November 19, 2008 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  24. James

    Yep, as a Dem im certainly not holding my breathe, these guys get away with murder, nothing will come of anything. Im more worried about this auto about taking a step

    November 19, 2008 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  25. Richard Palmer

    I truly believe that both Bush and Cheney should be indicted but not only for this but rather for genocide before the International Court of Justice.
    The Iraqui war with all of the killings of Iraquis and Americans can be laid directly at the feet of these two scoundrels. We live in a country which has always believed that we have principles. When are we going to take the blinders off and look at George Bush for what he is, a blundering, ignorant cowboy with the intelligence of a piss ant. He has proven to be the worst president in our history. Why should he not pay for the evil that he has done. Clinton was humiliated before the whole world for sex and George Bush has been the cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths in the Middle East.

    November 19, 2008 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
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