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. Washington Observer

    Inconsequential story. Watch for a January 19th pardon by President Bush for all acts committed while in office.

    November 19, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  2. Jacob

    Bush/Cheney started the war in Iraq? Wrong. Bush/Quayle went to war back in the '90's. Hussein did not comply with the terms of the cease fire, Clinton/Gore appeased, Bush/Cheney ended the war. Simple.

    November 19, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  3. Jackie in NY

    Good! Throw the bum in jail. Then convict Obama and all of that bunch and they can all hang out in prison on the taxpayer's dime. They want to spend our hard-earned money, how's that for spending?

    Ha ha I just made myself laugh out loud.

    November 19, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  4. Bubba

    Bush will pardon him along with Scooter and all the other war criminals. I'm waiting to see if Bush will pardon Osama bin Laden before he leaves office. But he can't pardon himself, and now McCain can't pardon him; will he beg Obama on bended knees to help him out like Ford helped Nixon?

    November 19, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  5. Kevin Nicholas

    "You people forget that 90 some odd percent of the house and the senate which includes "DEMOCRATS" and Republicans voted to go to war."

    True, but their decision was based on false information, The reasons listed to Invade Iraq were all lies from the Bush administration. Those reponsible for this mis-information must be held accountable.

    This unneccessary war has costs hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives, thousands of American soldiers killed, maimed and scarred for life, and has wasted the greatest majority of our military resorces. (Including recruits). It has also ruined our World reputation, and alienated relations with many former allies. Regardless of our current situations, we cannot look away from these allegations, for the sake of history we need to investigate and prosecute those responsible.

    November 19, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  6. Baker

    Come on, Truebob, Obama was elected because of the color of his skin. Period. I know one thing, I haven't come to work every day at my current job for 18 years, and built a retirement account in the process, just so it can be taxed out the wazoo and distributed to all the freeloaders in this country by the man you voted for. I think I'll quit my job and become one of those freeloaders. They're going to have it better than me. Where's the incentive going to be for people to better themselves? Dick Cheney is the least of my worries.

    November 19, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  7. Jim Merhaut

    If I had the authority I would charge Chenney as well. From my vantage point this man, along with President Bush, have taken this country to the edge. To walk away and not be held accountable for there actions is nothing but criminal.

    November 19, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  8. Christopher

    WOW...About time

    November 19, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  9. Nitenurze

    While it's refreshing to here that somewhere in this country someone has the nerves to stand up and hold Cheney accountable, it will never go anywhere.

    Bush will pardon him, and they both will continue to hurt people through their investments and ties to companies like Vanguard, Haliburton and Blackwater. Not to mention the oil companies, these fat cats are going to be living well and all of their future generations off of the misdeeds they've committed over the past 8 yrs.

    I think the American people should start circulating an online petition to make a citizen's arrest and bring these bozo's up on charges on every thing from fraud, treason to murder.

    November 19, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  10. don

    Maybe this guy is a one man circus but at least he has the guts to go after the second highest ranking criminal in the USA. I hope many more indictments are in the pipeline.

    November 19, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  11. Otto

    Did I miss something, or did I.Q.s drop sharply?

    This guy, Guerra, did not indict Cheney and Gonzales. He presented evidence to a Grand Jury, and the Grand Jury handed down the indictment. Obviously, a bunch of people (the Grand Jury) thought the evidence Guerra presented was compelling enough to let it be decided in a court of law.

    If those two are innocent, the court (either a judge or jury) will declare it such and Repub supporters have nothing to worry about. If they're not innocent, the court will declare it such and we should all be grateful the truth has come out about the Gitmo torture.

    November 19, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  12. Tim, Coronado, CA

    I hope this sticks. They got Al Capone for tax evasion. Cheney & Capone, 2 gangsters, 2 very big schmucks!

    November 19, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  13. random

    Another media outlet reported that Cheney had invested $80million of his own money into the facility... hence the finger-pointing.

    November 19, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I wonder how well that will stick. It would be great if there was a conviction. If this goes to trial, I would love to hear what the jury has to say when it gets to them.

    November 19, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  15. Tom

    This HAS to be the first of many indictments. They've committed war crimes, done incredible damage to the US political system, attacked our civil liberties - it shouldn't take almost 8 years for the legal eagles to do their jobs!

    November 19, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  16. Leah from FL

    Our national shame: Cheney and Bush. Our national hope: Obama and Biden.
    It will be years until Americans truly know the extent of the Cheney – Bush 8 year reign of terror, but this is a good start. The real 'Trickle Down Theory': Americans demand prosecution of criminals and justice from the top office down!

    November 19, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  17. Robynn Wagner

    I know that nothing will come of this, but if Cheeny was found guilty and went to prison, and got abused by some of his inmates, that would be a good example of Karma. And of course he would have to lose all his money. I know this is iimpossible, but a girl can dream.

    November 19, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  18. MD, TX

    The intolerance of the left is astounding. It will be interesting to see how their intolerance progresses as their candidate turns his policies against them.

    November 19, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  19. Jill American

    All the Presidents Men.

    They are going to live in Dubai if anything starts to come down on them.

    November 19, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  20. chuck

    Man! it is SHAMEFUL to be a REPUBLICAN these days. The Republicans make NEWS for all the WRONG REASONS. I don't think there are enough english words to describe their bad behaviour.George Bush has mas made a mockery of the English language, of himself ,the White House,the entire world and all the American people.

    November 19, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  21. carol

    It's about time, I hope something comes of this and it's not all for show....those two are both cunning, arrogant people and deserve to be put in jail for what they've done.
    The justice system need to be shown it actually works and put them behind bars and there are others also that deserve the same fate.

    November 19, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  22. Papa Gino

    To all you IDIOTS out there talking about "war crimes". Can you even define a war crime? A war crime is the extermination of 6 million innocent people directly order by a dictator. Show me a presidential order and 6 million dead people.

    A war crime is the rape and pillage and murder of civilians sanctioned by the Chain of Command. If that were the case, why did we prosecute Marines for Haditha?

    A war crime is the plundering of a conquered nations riches. If that's the case, why does Iraq have billions of dollars of surplus oil wealth.

    SHUT UP YOU MORONS, you won the election and you will soon see what you have wrought.

    By the way, you uneducated liberal twits, it's spelled inauguration.

    November 19, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  23. ant

    We need to get past the worst administration in histroy. I wonder if the neo cons are still saying that in 100 years bush will be proven right.

    Of course they can hold on to that dream because we will all be dead.

    November 19, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  24. Kevin

    Get over it, won. Where is the "hope"? Oh, that's right...we'll get an AG that recommended pardon of Mark Rich and terrorized Elian Gonzales. More Clinton politics. When will the liberals stop hating, hating, hating.......

    November 19, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  25. Spencer/Virginia

    Lock them up. Bush and Rumsfeld are next.

    November 19, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
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