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. urinmymachine

    The memo from the white house about why they had to ignore the Geneva Convention and carry out necessary torture was one of the greatest tragedies of our lifetime. It has produced nothing but more lies, even from those being tortured...

    We should expect not only Cheney, but Rumsfeld and the rest of them to go on trial for crimes against humanity. When we accuse other nations of these atrocities and abuses, it is acceptable, but when we look at our own leaders in the mirror, we should hold them to the same standard.

    Keep up the good work!

    November 19, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  2. cnn junkie

    funny fox news has not mentioned it,lol
    cnn rocks

    November 19, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  3. Jeff Brown

    EXCELLENT! Drag it out long enough for Bush to leave office and deny him the ability to issue this piece of garbage a pardon!

    November 19, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  4. Republican for change

    Republican Leaders - here's another chance to fix the brand image of the GOP.

    No gimmicks or pardons for fellow cronies. After all we have to be very very tough on crimes right?

    November 19, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  5. midwest mom

    Good, lets find a hole where Bush, Cheney and Bin Laden can all reside together...

    November 19, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  6. devon spencer

    Bush will definitely pardon them.

    November 19, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  7. peepitude

    Wait a sec.... Vanguard has interests in the prison companies? Dang, I have investments in Vanguard mutual funds. Well, not that they're worth anything anymore....

    November 19, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  8. Junius


    They voted to go to war, not to house and torture many innocent people and a few criminals. Why do you think not even one trial has started. The only evidence they have on most of these guys was obtained from torture. This torture was mandated by Bush and Cheney and not voted on by neither of the two houses!

    And so what if this guy is a one man circus, even a clown can see these guys are war criminals, right up there with Pinochet, Stalin, Sadam and that serbian guy.

    November 19, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  9. jenny

    The topic for the next Republican summit will be "How to stay out of JAIL"

    November 19, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  10. Robert of Long Island

    these self serving punks probably won't get a thing! Most of this administration can be questioned...


    have all misled this nation and pushed their own self serving agendas.

    November 19, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  11. Virginia

    Has everyone forgotten about the 3,000 people killed on 9/11? Frankly I don't care how al qaeda members are treated--after what they did to us, it doesn't matter.

    November 19, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  12. Brian

    I need more information but going after the Texas state senator makes this feel like a ham sandwich type of indictment. Horray for political circuses.

    November 19, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  13. Robert - Florida

    Don't impeach...INDICT!!!

    November 19, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  14. grahame

    OK Mr Moderation you may be right but that won't save them.

    November 19, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  15. AJ in CT

    Goin' nowhere.

    Thank you President Bush and Vice President Cheney for no terrorist attacks on US soil since 9/11.

    November 19, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  16. Rose L Bethesda, MD

    This is silly. Millions of other Americans invest in Vanguard that means any one of them should have been indicted. This DA is on his way out the door anyway. What a waste of taxpayer dollars.

    All these other posters who are so adamant that Bush and Cheney should be prosecuted would rather have been attacked again after 2001. They did what they had to do to keep us safe.

    November 19, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  17. Chas in Iowa

    The depth of the crimes commited by the Bush administration has yet to be acknowledged by the general public.
    Cheney and Bush need to be brought up on charges of treason, then turned over to the world courts and sent to the Hague for trial of war crimes against humanity.

    November 19, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  18. Tom in S.A.

    The start of the crazy left wasting time and $$. He gets voted out and now goes after anyone who he doesn't believe in politically, well obviously he was voted out for good reason, sounds like a lunatic Dem, and this will just be the start of wasted time and $$ just like bringing baseball players to D.C. I sure hope your beloved Obama does what he says and clean that place up.

    November 19, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  19. petena

    Its a pardoning strategy. Bush can not pardon Chenney unless he is indicted about something. we will get pardoned and come out clean. Now the question remains who will pardon Bush? Talk is out there that it has never been done but he might just "pardon himself". I just don't understand why we impeached Clinton over a sex charge that was NOT OUR BUSINESS but did not IMPEACH the current CRIMINALS we have in the White House.

    November 19, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  20. CMG

    Really, let's be honest, what is the likelihood of these two creatures going to jail?

    November 19, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  21. gbrown2


    November 19, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  22. Tony

    This DA will go down as a joke.

    Plus all these Dems on the board fighting for punishment.... Be careful what you wish for in the political world, the tables will turn one day and I hope the Republicans can get as vindictive as the Dems so as to ruin a career like they are so willing to do.

    November 19, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  23. John Anthony

    Both should also be indicted, along with Bush and Rumsfeld too, for war crimes and crimes against humanity for the illegal and deliberate attack on Iraq!

    November 19, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  24. HouseDiva

    Bush/Cheney and the whole administration should be tried for war crimes..corruption...abuse of power..conspiracy...incompetence...blackmail... treason...and theft.

    CNN quit practicing yellow journalism and INVESTIGATE the Bush administration!!!!

    November 19, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  25. Next Door Neighbour

    This is nothing more than showing face. All political system is nothing more than organized crime which is legal. Sex, lies murder, stealing and cheating without any penalties. No wonder all criminal and criminal intent aspire to become polititions

    November 19, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
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