March 15th, 2009
05:22 PM ET
13 years ago

Cheney: Not happy we 'left Scooter sort of hanging'

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caption="Photo Credit: Josh Rubin/CNN."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney told CNN Sunday that former President George W. Bush should have pardoned former side I. Scooter "Lewis" Libby, and that he was unhappy his former chief of staff had been left "sort of hanging in the wind."

Bush had turned down Cheney's request for a Libby pardon. "Well, it was - it was one of the moments that occurred in the administration where we had fundamental difference of opinion," Cheney told John King on State of the Union. "I believe firmly that Scooter was unjustly accused and prosecuted and deserved a pardon, and the president disagreed with that."

King asked whether any of the discussions had been angry or tense ones, or involved shouting. "Those kinds of details, I think, are best left to history," replied Cheney. "Maybe I'll write about it in my book."

Cheney is writing an as-yet untitled memoir about his four decades in Washington.

He told King he and the president had spoken by phone three times in the past few weeks, and that the two men had "built a very solid, lasting relationship" - although he remained unhappy with Bush's decision on Libby. "I was clearly not happy that we, in effect, left Scooter sort of hanging in the wind, which I didn't think was appropriate. I think he's an innocent man who deserves a pardon," he said.

Cheney also defended Rush Limbaugh from charges by some conservative commentators that the radio host was electoral "kryptonite."

"Rush is a good friend. I love him," Cheney told King. "I think he does great work and has for years. He's now offered to debate President Obama on his radio show. Hell, I'd pay to see that! It would be interesting to have developed. I think Rush is a good man and serves a very important purpose."

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  1. jlb

    cheney and bush both lied about the economy.

    March 15, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Be_O_Be

    ...."Glennis"... Standard Neo-Con talking points.If you keep repeating them you'll believe them to be true, much like your thought process now. Its your story, you can tell it any way you want.

    March 15, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. jack

    The press sells what sell, even if it means egrandisizing miscreants, crooks, and sociapathic narcissists like Cheney. You've got to admit, Cheney's hubris catches your attention, you read the story and make a response. Bingo. CNN got you!

    Cheney is only whining because he didn't get to throw his aide under the bus himself. It ruined his perect record!

    As for Libby. He knew what he was in for being #2 to this creep. He just didn't know that Bush was too stupid and too self-centered to even pull off a smart pardon.

    March 15, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. MichaelT

    I didn't watch the interview. I know that Cheney, like all the Bush syncophants, takes full credit for 7 1/2 years of keeping America safe. However, as I recall, Bush's term was 8 years. Didn't 9/11 occur in the first 6 months of Bush's term of office? Weren't Bush and Cheney repeatedly warned about Bin Laden's stated intent to attack the US – and by highjacked aircraft? Where is the responsibility for that? Did Darth Vader forget Katrina? Somehow he also evades responsibility for the worst economic mess in US history by blaming the Dems for lack of vigorous regulation of Fannie and Freddie.

    When you listen to Cheney and Ari Fleischer, you get the idea that W was one of the best presidents.... Alternate reality at work.

    March 15, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. One Vote

    YOU, Mr. Cheney left Scooter hanging. You did not own up to your and yours betrayal of our laws - Do not try to blame us the American people for your despicable acts and lack of morals.

    Mr. Cheney is the height of distasteful and so much more than that. Belongs in a prison camp.

    March 15, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Melody

    The DEVIL Raising its ugly head. When are we going to charge Bush/Cheney.

    DAVID get out of the way and let a real journalist take your place. I know, how about Jon Stewart.

    March 15, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Peachy Keen

    This guy is unreal. He and his boyfriend totally screwed up this country and he has the kahunas to rip up the current administration. Time for the retirement home.

    March 15, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. George

    First he says there is a risk of another terrorist attack, conveniently forgetting he diverted us from finishing the job in Afghanistan, and Bush's comment “I truly am not that concerned about him (bin Laden).” leaving him free to grow and inspire more attacks! Now he cries into his soup about Scooter not being judged fairly by a jury of his peers. "Dick God Cheney"....

    March 15, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. wayne

    No pardons, no how, now way for any of these criminals. You all should be doing life for crimes against America and world. You have trashed our Nation and set us on the road to ruin.

    March 15, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. C W

    George H.W. Bush said the leaking of the name of a CIA operative was treasonous. Perhaps that is why his son for once didn't follow the advice of his VP and did not pardon Scooter Libby.

    For Cheney to imply there was nothing wrong in leaking Valerie Plame's name only further prooves what an evil, treacherous and traitorous man he is.

    March 15, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Phil Newton in Murphy Oregon

    Left Scooter hanging all alone?

    I'm sure he could use some company...Dick.

    March 15, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Mook from Canada

    CNN you really should think about what happened to that mad money guy when you offer a platform such as j k did with this probable criminal. I believe he must have paid someone to be on that show.Because nothing was really learned from him other than the same mantra he and his ilk have tried to convince the world with since the wmd lies.

    March 15, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Conservative

    I notice that you didn't show either of my previous pro conservative posts. Sad that you only show one side of the agrument.

    March 15, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    AWWWWWWWWWWWW POOR THING..... this moron screwed his own country and all his remorse is for poor Scooter... ROT IN HELL, CHENEY

    March 15, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Joe

    Hey Dick, you and Bush do not belong in both belong in Hell. Just remember, Saddam will be waiting to greet you two.

    March 15, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. carolflowery

    cheney sure dont flip flop like some i have seen lately

    March 15, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Dave from Maine

    CNN you are my homepage for crying out loud. Did you guys loose a bet or something. You can do better!

    March 15, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Mary

    Wow, Dick, what color is the sky in your world?

    March 15, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. videodrome

    And someone needs to remind Mr. Cheney that 9/11 happened during Bush's administration.
    So Cheney needs to belly up to THAT FACT before he worries about Obama or any future President keeping Americans "safe".

    March 15, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. schqc

    You know, Cheney is awful. Bush is awful.

    The amazing thing, though, is that you should have some loyalty for your stooges. I in no way support anything Bush/Cheney did, but NOT pardoning Libby was the most evil thing I've seen anyone do. He was a fall guy. It is Bush who was responsible for the lies, and Bush who should pay for them.

    March 15, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Scott

    When is Cheney going to get what's coming to him? I know....never, because one hand washes the other in D.C. The other reason is that many politicians that are even considering prosecuting Cheney or any high ups in the Bush administration won't because they think the American Public won't be able to handle it. I for one am so sick of this. Between the government cover ups and the robber baron companies that take our tax money and blow it on bonuses, I'm wondering how much it is going to take for people to rise up and say "We're mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore!" Wake up people.

    March 15, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Mathew

    Libby should have pardoned, so that he would have able to tell the truth to Americans about how administration lied about , misinformed and misguided American Public.

    March 15, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. California Gold

    Thus began the awakening of President Bush and many Americans to the fact that the Bush Presidency was a co-presidency. Scooter (sounds like a cartoon strip character) was not pardoned because the President did not pardon him for reasons that none of us care about.

    March 15, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. Barry in MAryland

    I agree with Cheney:

    1 – Libby was unjustly accused and prosecuted. The accusation and prosecution should have included Cheney and Rove.

    2 – The title of Cheney's new book should not be made public. It should be kept secret.

    3 – The details of Cheney's discussions should be left to history. But those details should be truthful.

    March 15, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Ken

    Maybe Cheney thinks Libby was left hagning because ne and W ordered Libby to do it. Maybe

    March 15, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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