Cheney Got "In Bush's Face" Over Libby Pardon

@anniepa (27236)
United States
July 25, 2009 1:22pm CST
Time Magazine reports today on the “final and painful piece of business” President Bush and Vice President Cheney debated in the waning days of the Bush administration: whether or not Bush would pardon Cheney’s top aide Scooter Libby, who had lied to prosecutors in the Valerie Plame CIA leak case. For over a month, Cheney “had been pleading, cajoling, even pestering Bush” to pardon Libby. Aides said Cheney “seemed prepared to push his nine-year-old relationship with Bush to the breaking point — and perhaps past it — over the fate” of Libby. In the end, he wasn’t pleased with the result: Cheney’s persistence became nearly as big an issue as the pardon itself. “Cheney really got in the President’s face,” says a longtime Bush-family source. “He just wouldn’t give it up.” [...] Bush would decide alone. In private, he was bothered by Libby’s lack of repentance. … A few days later, about a week before they would become private citizens, Bush pulled Cheney aside after a morning meeting and told him there would be no pardon. Cheney looked stricken. Most officials respond to a presidential rebuff with a polite thanks for considering the request in the first place. But Cheney, an observer says, “expressed his disappointment and disagreement with the decision … He didn’t take it well.” Some Bush aides suspected there was “darker possibility” for his motives than simply wanting to save an old friend. As a former Bush senior aide explained, “I’m sure the President and [chief of staff] Josh [Bolten] and Fred had a concern that somewhere, deep in there, there was a cover-up.” http://thinkprogress.org/2009/07/23/cheney-libby-pardon/ In an interview with his biographer, Stephen Hayes, Cheney said, “Scooter Libby is one of the most capable and honorable men I’ve ever known. He’s been an outstanding public servant throughout his career. He was the victim of a serious miscarriage of justice, and I strongly believe that he deserved a presidential pardon. Obviously, I disagree with President Bush’s decision.” You can read the Time story here: http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,1912297,00.html It looks to me like Cheney is really worried about SOMETHING! Am I wrong to say I don't picture the D1ck as being someone who would get upset over a friend being unfairly treated if there wasn't something in it for him or, more to the point, if he wasn't worried about something coming back on him. Any thoughts? Annie
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@jerzgirl (8013)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
25 Jul 09
My guess is that Cheney was so sure he could control Bush that he promised a pardon to Libby if Libby would take the fall. That there would ultimately be no criminal record that could be used against him in the future as long as he went along with the game plan. But, Cheney didn't have the level of control he thought he had. And, Libby, being burnt, was fully capable of telling everything he knew now that he didn't get off without a criminal record. Only time will tell if or when Libby talks. He's probably doing some really deep soul searching about what was done to him and how he was the only one hurt by their misdeeds. The truth will come out at some point. Cheney got away with far too much and needs to be brought to his knees, the sooner the better.
@anniepa (27236)
• United States
25 Jul 09
He certainly DOES need to be brought to his knees! I really think, now more than ever, that Cheney is guilty of more wrongdoing than Bush. Bush's biggest fault may have been to give Cheney too much power, which the D1ck clearly abused BIG TIME!! Am I really nasty and vindictive to say I'd love to see the D1ck and his ignorant daughter Liz both in handcuffs and shackles...lol? Annie
@N4life (851)
• United States
26 Jul 09
The logical conclusion here is that Cheney is afraid Libby will talk. It seems Bush my have been the neo-con lackey that many suspected him to be in the beginning.