Report: Cheney disagreed with Bush over Libby
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.
Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Cheney leaves White House for inauguration)