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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  1. LAW

    Read the article and not the headlines.

    Some backwater county's rogue DA with a chip on his shoulder makes a wild political stab and people think it will amount to anything?

    Seems that many posters here are suffering from hatred of Bush and Cheney and desperate for revenge. You'll need to do better than this.

    If the likes of Pelosi & Reed can't find anything legitimate to use to bring down this administration, do you think that this stunt will work?

    Cheer up. Obama said in the debates that he will increase our military presence in Afghanistan. Soon you will be able to hate him as well.

    November 19, 2008 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  2. Truebob

    Hey Tom in Delaware,

    Obama got elected because we are sick of the slander, distortions, and out right liying that is de rigeur in politics. We voted for the HOPE of change and we plan on leaving small minded, dishonest, selfserving politicians behind, Why don't you join us and walk in the light for a while, it really feels nice.

    November 19, 2008 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  3. Tony

    More proof that the biggest and most damaging fraud ever committed against the American people was the Presidency of George W. Bush.

    November 19, 2008 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  4. DB

    It's too bad Cheney won't be indicted for all of his crimes while in office. He represents the very worst of our political system: giving billion dollar no-bid contracts to his former company (which he will no doubt largely benefit from when he leaves office), instituting Nixonian secrecy of the public's business and Nixionian dirty tricks against opponents, torturing prisoners, holding prisoners for years without charging tham with anything. He has looted the government for as much as he could get to further his own personal pocketbook and agenda. A true disgrace to this country

    November 19, 2008 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  5. VA Bob

    Hope this won't interfer with shipping Bush and Cheney to The Hague for their war crimes trial. Of course that is only a fantasy.

    November 19, 2008 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  6. William

    They should have waited until after the inaugaration, this way Bush wouldn't be able to pardon him.

    November 19, 2008 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  7. Mr. Moderation

    Scenario...CHENEY gets pardoned by Bush 3 days before Obama's inaugeration , Bush resigns 2 days before Obama's inaugeration. Cheney sworn in as President 1 day before Obama's inaugeration.
    All this is done in secret. Bush and Cheney walk away with full presidential benefits and they are free of any and all possible criminal or civil charges.

    November 19, 2008 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  8. james in s.c.


    there was no way pelosi and or reid would ever get enough votes for impeachment. it takes 290 votes in congress and 67 in senate republicans could of easily filibustered.

    November 19, 2008 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  9. Frances

    An indictment on Cheney is long overdue HOWEVER let's get him for the right crime people, the lies and cover up for starting the IRAQ WAR!!!

    November 19, 2008 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  10. mb

    Maybe the judge won't sign the indictment until after January 20th, then bush can't pardon them. Just a thought

    November 19, 2008 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  11. Joe

    Let it go people. Who cares!! O, know that's right, lets spend some more of my tax dollars on some B.S. So what they abused some prisoners they shouldn't have got their self into trouble in the first place. And the crap about Bush and Cheney being brought up on war crimes is crazy. You people forget that 90 some odd percent of the house and the senate which includes "DEMOCRATS" and Republicans voted to go to war. So if you are going to charge the Bush administration with war crimes then get all of Washington too!

    November 19, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  12. MimiG

    Hopefully that is just the first of many.

    November 19, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  13. neville

    If this indictement holds, America the ride that you are about to be taken on will be better that any amusement park ride, any drugs you took as a youth, sex, I mean this will be beyond euphoria. were bringng back the 60's, Happy times are here again.

    November 19, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  14. tc

    Nothing will happen...oh btw, Willacy County is not on the Texas Mexico border. Willacy County is the county north of Cameron County which is on the Texas Mexico Border.

    November 19, 2008 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  15. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    and I bet Bush and his henchmen all have their tickets for the Paraguay rancho.....just in case.

    November 19, 2008 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  16. End Of An Error

    It is about time! Thank you Grand Jury! Bush and Cheney must be held accountable for what they have done.

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    November 19, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  17. Rich

    How is this not a bigger story?

    November 19, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  18. Robert

    I think Guerra should be Indicted for coming out with this obviously phoney charge against Cheney our VP.

    November 19, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  19. xcusme

    Wow! I smell a pardon. He may get away with it in this life but his ultimate judgement will be different. One day he will be judge by a Higher Power and that is the judge that really counts.

    November 19, 2008 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  20. Scott Tucson

    CNN...why do you close comments at times with only one comment submission and keep others open such as this story for hours on end?

    Sounds like Juan Guerra is just another small minded democrat trying to make a big name for himself. Cheney ought to invite Juan out to a bird hunt.

    November 19, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  21. GT

    What? Chaney break the law? Tell me it is not so!!!!!! Chaney makes George Bush look like an angel in the corruption department. They both should be thrown behind bars for many, many years for the devistation which they have brought on the United States over the past 4 years and as for their supporters, they can all follow them right to prison also.

    November 19, 2008 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  22. grace

    GOOD ! At least someone is holding this man accountable....he is a crook and should be indicted for alot lying, fraud and cheating the American people out of their money to pay himself and get rich...He has made more money off the Iraq war with his military contracts than anyone can imagine

    Good riddance when he and Bush are gone....justice will be served someday even if it is not in my lifetime.

    November 19, 2008 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  23. Florida

    There is so much for Cheney to be held accountable for in the "Bush" administration. He is a first rate example disgrace, dishonor, and abusive of power. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

    November 19, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  24. Ben

    This Is ridiculous. This really has nothing to do with Dick Cheney.
    Way to try to make a buck and cause fear and panic like you always do!

    November 19, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  25. Steve in CT

    Like him or not realize by law he can't participate in any venture he is invested in while in office. How, therefore can he be held responsible for whatever goes on in these prisons where he had no control? There are enough other reasons to take issue with him about but about 80% of the commentors will attack for any reason anyone who has differing views. from there own. Those baseless attacks by sadist cowards demean the credibility of not only this blog but of CNN in general. Sadistic cowards defile the image of all Americans. Get help.

    November 19, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
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