July 24th, 2009
09:59 AM ET
13 years ago

Cheney stands by efforts to secure pardon for Libby

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/22/cheney.libby/art.scooter.gi.jpg caption=" Lewis "Scooter" Libby was convicted of lying to a grand jury and investigators in 2007."](CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney is standing by his efforts in the final days of the Bush administration to secure a presidential pardon for I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, calling his former chief of staff an "honorable man and a faithful public servant."

"Scooter Libby is an innocent man who was the victim of a severe miscarriage of justice," the former vice president said in a statement. "He was not the source of the leak of Valerie Plame's name. Former Deputy Secretary of State, Rich Armitage, leaked the name and hid that fact from most of his colleagues, including the President."

"Mr. Libby is an honorable man and a faithful public servant who served the President, the Vice President and the nation with distinction for many years," Cheney also said. "He deserved a presidential pardon."

The statement comes as Time magazine reported Friday the extent to which Cheney unsuccessfully pressed former President Bush to grant Libby a pardon.

According to the magazine, securing the pardon had "had become something of a crusade for Cheney, who seemed prepared to push his nine-year-old relationship with Bush to the breaking point - and perhaps past it."

Libby was convicted of obstructing a federal investigation into the revelation that Valerie Plame Wilson was a CIA agent. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000. Bush commuted the sentence, which he called "excessive," but refused to issue a full pardon.

CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report

Filed under: Dick Cheney
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Vince, Jupiter, Florida

    I'm sure Cheney promised Libby a full pardon from the goof in the oval office but somehow Bush finally stopped letting Cheney call the plays.

    The question now is whether Libby will start to sing like a bird. I would bet that Cheney goes out of his way to make nice with Libby on a daily basis. My guess is that Libby has enough on Cheney to make the old buzzard dance on command...

    July 24, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Pepou

    Both belong in jail. NOW

    July 24, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Ken in NC

    Someone needs to disconnect the phone lines from his hidden, secure location.

    July 24, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Republicans Suck

    Big surprise, a crook defending a crook!?

    July 24, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Lock him up

    Sure, pardon Libby, then arrest Cheney and Bush for being the traitors they are.

    July 24, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. barbara

    We certainly cannot take Dick Cheney's word for anything. This is one thing G W Bush did right. He recognized the posibility of innocents and the posibility of guilt. By the time of this action Pres. Bush knew Dick Cheney well, and knew his information could not be relied upon.

    July 24, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. bill

    It just goes to show that Dick Cheney did not want Libby to rat him out then, nor does he want Libby to tell the truth now.

    July 24, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. bozo the obama

    Rich Armitage is a noble democrat to let a man go to jail for the crime he ,himself did...what a hero.

    July 24, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. ed

    Simply by saying "He was not the source of the leak of Valerie Plame's name" Cheney is convicting himself, obviously then he knows who did leak the name and that would make him a conspirator and a criminal.

    July 24, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Cathy Reid

    Surprise!!! A crook standing up for a crook. No surprise there. Now if they would only have Cheney join his good friend in the slammer. The world would be a better place.

    July 24, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. rhoward

    Libby lied to protect his boss' butt from prosecution and he deserves a pardon? NO WAY!! President Bush had it right on this one and I really respect him for the decision he made. I would have loved to have seen old Dickie's face when President Bush told him no for the last time on January 19th.

    July 24, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Tom in FL

    Everyone knows it was Chaney who blew the CIA agent's cover, in retaliation for her husband refusing to spout Chaney's lies about the nonexistant weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It's Chaney who should be in jail. Blaming his flunkies and having them take the heat for his own crime is hardly fair to the flunkies, but what did they expect from this guy? The only amazing thing about this story is that Bush for once stood his ground. If he had started standing up to Chaney eight years earlier, his administration might not have been the worst in U.S. history.

    July 24, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Randi

    I wonder what the air is like in Dick's alternate reality.

    He has to be the only man in the country that thinks libby is innocent. Refusing the pardon was one of the few things I actually agreed with during the bush admin.

    July 24, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. ANGIE

    of course crazy cheney wants libby pardoned. libby is one of the notorious lying, cheating and murderous busy gang.

    July 24, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Dan from Tx

    He broke the law. It was not a "victimless crime" but rather one that compromised a fellow American. He was convicted of the crime. Jail him as you would any other citizen.

    July 24, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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