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Cheney Furious at Bush for Not Pardoning Libby

Ex-VP pushed prez for reprieve 'til he left DC
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2009 9:26 AM CST

(Newser) – Dick Cheney is furious that President Bush wouldn’t listen when he repeatedly pushed for a last-minute pardon for Scooter Libby, the New York Daily News reports. The ex-VP “went to the mat and came back and back and back at Bush” for a full pardon, said one close to Cheney. "He was still trying the day before Obama was sworn in."

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Bush commuted Libby’s prison sentence after he was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice for stonewalling the investigation into the leak of a CIA agent’s identity. But he didn’t grant a full pardon. Cheney’s “really angry about it,” a source told the Daily News.  He "places great store in loyalty and thinks Scooter got a raw deal," noted another close to the former veep. The once-warm relationship between the president and Cheney reportedly grew colder before they left office. (Read more Dick Cheney stories.)

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