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.

Filed under: Dick Cheney
soundoff (151 Responses)
  1. John Anthony Castro

    Don't bring out the pom-poms yet. Remember, this is coming from a rogue lameduck District Attorney who only got 30% of the vote in the recent elections. While some may view this as irrelevant, it is extremely relevant in our political judicial system.

    My guess is that the Cheney Legal Team will quash the indictment and move on with business.

    November 19, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  2. Joey Jojo

    LOL, all this talk of impeachment to remove Bush of office. You do know that Clinton was impeached, right? Seems like he made the rest of his term ;).

    I know many just have blind hatred for Chaney and Bush at this point (and would want nothing more that than for them to rot), but this is just a waste of a charge that will waste money. Nothing will come out of this because there is not enough time to get anything going before Guerra is out.

    Get over it and move on. Besides, having been overseas for some "military vacations", I can honestly say what was done is no where near as bad as what was being done by the other side.

    November 19, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    It is too bad that the media has to react every single time Osama bin Laden or his henchmen have even one syllable to say.

    It just gives bin Laden credence.

    Right this minute CNN is going beserk over the latest release of tapes from bin Laden's #2 idiot.

    November 19, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  4. John

    To bad all of you that are bashing Bush and Cheney never read the article. There is a Democrat named on the indictment as well. This will never see the light of a courtroom.

    Bush and Cheney are not going to face any type of tribunal or court for anything that has happened the last 4 years. Get over it and deal with it. It's time for this country to move forward. Wasting taxpayer dollars on any of this is not going to change the future.

    Obama has already said he is sending more troops to Afghanistan. So while they may leave Iraq they most certianly are not coming home anytime soon.

    November 19, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  5. scott p

    Time to put Dick Cheney behind bars where he belongs. This Republican administration has driven this once great nation into the ground and trashed the rights of the constitution. Now that the left has won it's time to make the right pay! Let me clue you in Bush/McBush supporters, you have lost and now it is time to face legal charges for your illegal actions!

    November 19, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. Disgusted in Cary North Carolina

    FINALLY!! However, like his buddy Carl Rove, he'll find a way to shake it. If any one of us did 1/100th of what these crooks and thugs did, we'd be locked up for YEARS! Some system!

    November 19, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  7. Justice for all

    Get ready to burn, Cheney.

    November 19, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  8. Toby

    Such things have been done before by local "authorities," always with no practical result whatsoever. Sure, it makes us feel good for a moment. But then we once again realize that the people who have the real power to do something prefer to do nothing.

    November 19, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  9. What?

    Is everyone who has investments with Vanguard going to be indited? My employer retirement plan along with many others that I know is invested in Vanguard.

    November 19, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  10. Stick

    Although I would absolutely love to see Cheyney and Bush in jail, this is just not reality. They will wash their hands of this mess they created in January only to retire in peace in Texas and Wyoming respectively. I could only hope that they may have a conscience, but I feel people like them live a shallow, arrogant lives while others suffer because of their rogue behavior.
    I despise white trash.

    November 19, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  11. Shannon

    This is silly and a waste of resources. The stupid things people will do to get on TV never ceases to amaze me.

    November 19, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  12. Helen

    What a rotten person this man is. Is he human. I hope we get him, put him in prison and throw away the keys.

    November 19, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  13. Deana

    If you aren't from the area of where this DA is from, then you are excited. Juan Guerra is a moron who is about to leave office. I'm a Dem, but I also know that this dude is NUTS.

    November 19, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  14. George

    Judging by the inane comments posted by the Obamabots below and above, I think I know why this country is so messed up.

    Here's today's challenge, hypocrites:

    Why not call for a trial for Clinton, for authorizing bombing in Bosnia, and getting American boys killed in Somalia?
    Jimmy Carter, who oversaw a doomed mission to rescue hostages in Iran that got a bunch of our valiant troops killed.
    JFK and LBJ, for the deaths of thousands of American servicemen and millions of Vietnamese.
    Harry Truman, for authorizing two atomic bombings. (Never mind that by doing so it ended the war and saved millions of lives that would have been lost in a conventional invasion.)
    FDR, who got the US into WW2. Surely you can lay some of those 40 million deaths at his door.

    Iraq is no longer sponsoring terror. They are going to be the seeds of democracy in the Middle East, which is filled with dictatorships. We have not been attacked since 9/11. Thank you President Bush.

    November 19, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  15. PardonMe

    George W. Bush will unfortunately Pardon these guys.

    November 19, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  16. Bruce

    first of many

    November 19, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  17. James Flaherty

    Vice President Chaney told an oil conference in London in 1999 that the oil needed in the future would have to be gotten from the middle east. Three years later at the urgings of Dick Chaney and his neocon posse, the United States invaded Iraq under false pretenses.

    They need to add the charge of murder to the others for the tens of thousands of innocent men, women, old folks, cripples, and children who have died in the oil wars in Iran and Afghanistan. And they need to add George W. Bush's name and several other administration officials to the indictment. Perhaps war crimes might be a more apt charge. America needs to stop using oil from overseas suppliers and produce her own energy, so there is never again justification or any type of political cover for this type of behavior.

    November 19, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  18. S.M

    Cheyney and his co-horts need to be indicted for mis-use of power. They have over reached their authority and this is unfair. The question is whether he along with others will serve any jail time?

    November 19, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  19. SpeedyDemon

    For your information folks, Chaney has been indicted and not convicted. The President has a right to pardon convictions. He does not have the power to overturn indictments. He cannot pardon Chaney unless he's convicted by a court of law and sentenced. It's highly unlikely that will happen prior to Jan. 20, 2009.

    November 19, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  20. Arlene

    It is about time this criminal mastermind was indicted. There are far worse crimes committed by Bush and Cheney. The Iraq War has killed over four thousand of our soldiers and unknown amounts of Iraqis. Both these soulless people should be tried at the Hague for war crimes.

    Also, recently Scott McClellan was on C-Span Book TV. He has stated in his book that Bush gave the OK for the outing of CIA Agent Valerie Plame.

    To you Republicans, your party is in a world of hurt right now because of all this. I see a pardon in the works for Cheney.

    Who knew that Bush would redeem Richard Nixon and make his administration look like sainthood?

    November 19, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  21. LyonsPhilly

    I'm sure Bush belongs somewhere in there.....I'm sure a lot will come out as they get closer to leaving office. They should all be behind bars

    November 19, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  22. SBP, Syosset, NY

    Joe: "O, know that's right, lets spend some more of my tax dollars on some B.S. So what they abused some prisoners"

    Please - it was YOUR party that spent millions of dollars IMPEACHING Clinton for cheating on his wife. I didn't see Rush and Sean saying that was a waste of time.

    November 19, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  23. Catherine

    Well, I say about freakin' time! I hope it sticks! Nancy Pelosi should never have agreed not to go after Bush and Cheney - they both deserve to be prosecuted (and should've been impeached).

    Thank God their time is almost over. Can't wait to read all the upcoming books from different people in their administration who want to tell us the real story about what went on, starting with Donald Rumsfeld!

    November 19, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  24. ap

    it doesn't matter what the grand jury does – lame duck Bush will simply pardon him before he leaves office.

    November 19, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  25. Joe from Utah

    I think that Cheney is one of the most frightening people ever to serve in the executive branch. His blatant disregard for the law, the constitution, and morality set a frightening precedent. That said, this post seems like pretty irresponsible reporting... a lame duck indictment by a district attourney? Obviously, any serious legal review of the actions of the Vice-Presidents office over the last eight years would take place at the federal level. I'm sure lots of people come on this website, read the headlines, and move on. This means that your headlines should be more representative of what actually happened.

    November 19, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7