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Report: Cheney disagreed with Bush over Libby

February 17, 2009

OBAMA/So it has come to this: Dick Cheney is said to be angry at George W. Bush over Bush’s decision not to grant a pardon to Scooter Libby over the Valerie Plame affair.

That is according to long-time Cheney watcher Thomas DeFrank of the New York Daily News. DeFrank reported that former vice president Cheney repeatedly pressed Bush to pardon Lewis “Scooter” Libby, arguing that Scooter deserved a full exoneration.

Former President Bush had already kept Libby out of jail by commuting his 30-month prison sentence.

“He tried to make it happen right up until the very end,” one Cheney associate told the Daily News.

After repeatedly telling Cheney his mind was made up, Bush became so exasperated with Cheney’s persistence he told aides he didn’t want to discuss the matter any further, DeFrank wrote.

The unsuccessful full-court press left Cheney bitter. “He’s furious with Bush,” a Cheney source told the Daily News. “He’s really angry about it and decided he’s going to say what he believes.”

UPDATE: We’re hearing that while Cheney lobbied for a Scooter pardon and disagreed with the ultimate outcome, it might be exaggerating to describe him as furious with Bush. We’re told the two men remain close and have talked a number of times since Bush left office on Jan. 20.

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i think it was justified that bush did not be to excessive in the pardon parade.i can not see why a president can be allowed to do this.the absolute mockery that president clinton perpetrated amplifies this,which annoyed many as the democrats did their usual damage control.perhaps this is one of the reasons that so many of their leaders are under investigation?because they think they are above the law.it pains me also to think what could be forced on president obama eventually if he is intimidated by his far left supporters in 4 years.that is of coarse if gitmo is not closed?

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive
 

they can settle their differences while cooling their heels in federal prison.
(hopefully soon)

Posted by dick bohanon | Report as abusive
 

Cheney was right. Bush should have fully cleared Libby.
The Plames were a couple of treasonous self-serving
lying political activists.

Posted by Gene Strong | Report as abusive
 

Why should we be surprised Cheney is ticked he didn’t get what he wanted on the Libby matter? After all, he was running everything else in the Bush White House; Bush was supposed to just be the puppet for the puppetmaster.

Posted by jimbo | Report as abusive
 

Just what exactly did Valerie Plame or her husband do that was treasonous, Gene Strong? Be a man; either name it or withdraw your accusation.

Posted by jimbo | Report as abusive
 

Yes Gene let’s hear it. What did Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson do that was treasonous? If anyone in the matter committed treason it was the Libby and the Vice President. Revealing the name of a covert agent is treason and used to punishable by hanging.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive
 

eric, you are walking on the thin ice again up on that local pond in maine with your hobbit friends,if you are tying to give advocacy to these media seeking darlings. for 8 years hollywood has been desperate for material to malign bush,why do you think the mogal morons like stone of moore din,t grasp this charade? do i need to give any more clues?follow the bread crumbs,how about asking the old women in the shoe? motto 2009 eric, BUSH GONE MOVE ON.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive
 

Brian, I didn’t mention Bush once in my last post. Gene stated that Plame and Wilson acted treasonously and I wanted to know how. The article is about Cheney and Bush disagreeing about Libby’s sentence so I am not the one who brought it up.
The ice is nice and thick up here in Maine and I haven’t seen a hobbit ever. You still don’t get it that everyone who disagrees with you doesn’t fit into some pre-cast mold that you have in your head do you?
The fact still remains that a covert CIA agent was exposed by the Vice Presidents office and the scapegoat had his sentence commuted. This conviction was won by Patrick Fitzgerald, the same man who would be prosecuting Blagojevich if criminal charges are filed. Imagine the outrage if Obama pardoned Blago or commuted his sentence.
As far as Plame/Wilson being “media seeking darlings”, I know that Plame wrote a book and did the usual media appearances to promote it. I haven’t really seen Wilson in the news other than when the story broke and right after Bush overturned Libby’s sentence.
Haven’t seen Stone’s W yet but it’s in my Netflix cue.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive
 

thank,s for your return comments,eric h, i can slow down now that,least for the near future i will not be carried of to prison for unfavourable conservative statements.i think what you failed to mention was the democratic chicago style jobs allocation,that initially caused the problem in plasme/wilson drama. also wilson was always very proud that his wife had a “desk”job at cia,he told everybody. hope the weather is improving up there now.hopefully you now can come out of the BUSHES.PS remember when you do to keep holding yout hand out ,thats the order of the day now.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive
 

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