Cheney Says Bush Erred in Not Pardoning Libby
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2009 5:15 PM CST
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Dick Cheney believes disgraced former chief of staff Scooter Libby, convicted in the CIA leak investigation, deserved a pardon, the Weekly Standard reports. “He was the victim of a serious miscarriage of justice,” the former vice president said. “Obviously, I disagree with President Bush.” Bush’s decision has been ascribed to an honest belief in Libby’s guilt, but also to a desire for the pardon not to appear politically motivated.

Nancy Pelosi provided a third, more egalitarian explanation for Bush’s reticence. “He thought that there was more access for some than others and he was not going to do any,” she said on Larry King Live, referring to the former president's attitude toward pardons. Bush did commute Libby’s sentence before he served any time. “The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life,” Bush said by way of explanation, “will be long-lasting.”

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Jan 30, 2009 7:11 PM CST
Bush erred in picking Cheney as VP. What a poor excuse these two are as humans.
Jan 26, 2009 3:07 AM CST
I'm amazed Cheney even made a comment about all this
Jan 23, 2009 6:19 AM CST
Hopefully, soon, so very soon, Dick Cheney's heart will explode in a supernova of anguished pain. Thank God, these a-holes are out of power now.