In the final days of the Bush presidency, Dick Cheney apparently lost his Svengali hold over Bush. The Daily News reports that Cheney “launched a last-ditch campaign to persuade his boss to pardon Lewis (Scooter) Libby – and was furious when President George W. Bush wouldn’t budge.”
In multiple conversations, both in person and over the telephone, Cheney tried to get Bush to change his mind. Libby was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in the federal probe of who leaked covert CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity to the press.
Several sources confirmed Cheney refused to take no for an answer. “He went to the mat and came back and back and back at Bush,” a Cheney defender said. “He was still trying the day before Obama was sworn in.”
After repeatedly telling Cheney his mind was made up, Bush became so exasperated with Cheney’s persistence he told aides he didn’t want to discuss the matter any further.
Word has it that Cheney thinks Libby got a “raw deal.” But some Bush loyalist seem to think Cheney’s push for Bush to pardon Libby was “excessive” and even “over the top.” It must have a blow to old Dick’s overblown ego leaving him feeling rather impotent…
This morning, during an interview on NBC’s Today Show, Karl Rove claimed the Daily News story was ‘overblown‘. And speaking of Rove, what’s up with this: Obama seeks delay in deciding on Rove subpoena. It’s a no question issue in my opinion. Rove must testify.
[Originally published at TaylorMarsh.com]