Does Cheney Despise Bush?
New York’s Daily News is reporting that Dick Cheney went to the mat in an attempt to procure a presidential pardon for his former chief-of-staff, Scooter Libby. President Bush continued to deny the request, and eventually refused to discuss it with his VP. Libby was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in the Valerie Plame investigation and Bush commuted his 30-month prison sentence to keep Libby out of jail. This, however, was not enough for Cheney, who is described as “outraged”.
The unsuccessful full-court press left Cheney bitter. “He’s furious with Bush,” a Cheney source told The News. “He’s really angry about it and decided he’s going to say what he believes.”
The vehemence of Cheney’s last-minute onslaught has struck some Bush loyalists as excessive. “At some point you have to accept the decision of the guy who appointed you,” one of them said after learning the details. “I think Cheney was over the top.”
A Cheney ally disagreed. “He had every right to push it as hard as he wanted,” he argued. “Cheney places great store in loyalty and thinks Scooter got a raw deal.”
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