Bush Left Scooter ‘Hanging in the Wind,’ Says Cheney
Posted on Mar 15, 2009
The former vice president is still sore that his top aide didn’t get a presidential pardon. Dick Cheney told CNN that he and the president had a “fundamental difference of opinion” that ultimately “left Scooter sort of hanging in the wind, which I didn’t think was appropriate.”
“Scooter” Libby was convicted of multiple charges related to the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame. President Bush commuted his 30-month prison sentence, but refused to grant a full pardon.
“It was one of the moments that occurred in the administration where we had fundamental difference of opinion,” Cheney said in the CNN interview. “I believe firmly that Scooter was unjustly accused and prosecuted and deserved a pardon, and the president disagreed with that.”
Cheney said he still speaks to Bush after having “traveled a long way together in eight years and two presidential campaigns. That built a very solid, lasting relationship.”
But, he added, “I was clearly not happy that we, in effect, left Scooter sort of hanging in the wind, which I didn’t think was appropriate.”
White House / David Bohrer