Cheney raps Bush’s failure to pardon Libby


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Dick Cheney said he disagreed with President Bush’s decision not to pardon Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Libby, the ex-chief of staff for the former vice president, "was the victim of a serious miscarriage of justice, and I strongly believe he deserved a presidential pardon, " Cheney told The Weekly Standard magazine. "Obviously I disagree with President Bush’s decision."

Bush’s second term ended Jan. 20.

Libby, who is Jewish, had his 30-month prison sentence for perjury and obstruction of justice commuted in July 2007. He had been convicted of lying in the investigation into who leaked CIA operative Valerie Plame’s name to the media in what was seen as an attempt to discredit the opposition of her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, to the Iraq war.

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