Posts Tagged Dick Cheney
Pat Leahy says Bybee should just resign.
If that’s the case, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), told reporters Tuesday, then Bybee should resign. “The fact is, the Bush administration and Mr. Bybee did not tell the truth. If the Bush administration and Mr. Bybee had told the truth, he never would have been confirmed,” said Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The decent and honorable thing for him to do would be to resign. And if he is a decent and honorable person, he will resign,” he said deliberately.
Dick ‘Dick’ Cheney is making a point to let everyone know, particularly Scooter Libby, that he (Cheney) disagrees with Bush’s decision not to pardon Scooter. Why say anything now when it’s no longer an issue? Chris Matthews has a very plausible take on it. Scooter knows first-hand the behind-closed-doors story about how a stratagem was contrived to get us into war in Iraq. As they say, Scooter knows where the bodies are buried. A Scooter Libby who needs to make a living might very well write a book since he cannot practice law without a pardon. Cheney has reason to worry about what Scooter might tell, and he wants to be sure Scooter knows his old boss tried to get him pardoned. It’s classic CYA. Cheney has no power over Scooter and he knows it.
The article linked above from Fox News suggests a theory why Bush refused to pardon Libby (though he did commute the sentence). From The Weekly Standard: “There are some indications that he [Bush] believes Libby was guilty.”
Go ahead and ponder on that a bit. One might ask if Cheney and Scooter know the truth, why doesn’t Bush? And this is from Bush-loyal TWS? One gets the impression Bush really was the Boy in the Bubble.
So how far will Scooter’s loyalty to Cheney go? Will he finally be fed up with being the scapegoat–the only one to pay a personal price? A huge price at that. This is just a glimmer of a story to keep an eye on in the future.
A few months ago a U.S. District Court judge ruled that
. . . vice president Dick Cheney must turn over all documents prepared by him, or his office, in relation to his duties as vice president, to the National Archives after his term as VP has ended.
A lawsuit, launched by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, was precipitated by a statement Cheney made in 2003 stating that neither he, nor the office of vice president of the United States, should be considered entities within the executive branch of government.
Under a U.S. law, the Presidential Records Act, all records relating to the performance of official duties within the executive branch of government must be turned over to the National Archive at the end of a sitting term. Cheney and his lawyers have fought for a more specific definition of the meaning of “official documents.”
That was not the end of the lawsuit, however. The case continues on as Cheney was ordered simply to preserve records until the court issues a final decision. His lawyers are asserting that
. . . the vice president alone has the authority to determine which records, if any, from his tenure will be handed over to the National Archives when he leaves office in January.
That claim is in federal court documents asking that a lawsuit over the records be dismissed. Cheney leaves office Jan. 20, potentially taking with him millions of records that might otherwise become public record.
Cheney has throughout his term in office been the opposite of transparency. It is no surprise he wishes to keep those records hidden from public view forever. And that’s all the more reason why the public should see them.
In the continuing saga of the Project Legacy/Victory Lap interviews, Cheney in an interview may have inadvertently (though he appeared to be proud of it) admitted to committing a war crime — a crime for which the United States has executed criminals in the past. Rachel Maddow covers it:
I know nothing about this story except what I read on KSL.com. Certainly of interest.
President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales have been indicted on state charges involving federal prisons in a South Texas county that has been a source of bizarre legal and political battles under the outgoing prosecutor.
The indictment returned Monday has not yet been signed by the presiding judge, and no action can be taken until that happens.
Cheney is charged with engaging in an organized criminal activity related to the vice president’s investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds financial interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers. It accuses Cheney of a conflict of interest and “at least misdemeanor assaults” on detainees because of his link to the prison companies. [snip]
The indictment accuses Gonzales of using his position while in office to stop an investigation in 2006 into abuses at one of the privately-run prisons.