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
Cheney Furious at Bush for Not Pardoning Libby
Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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."

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. (More Dick Cheney stories.)

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