Cheney Claims ‘No Impeachment, No Crime’ on Face The Nation

January 5, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – In a comment worthy of the Nixon Administration, Vice President Dick Cheney gave yet another interview defending the actions and policies of the last two terms of the Bush Administration, making it clear that if you do something wrong, it’s only illegal if impeachment follows.

In the exchange between CBS’s Bob Schieffer and Cheney, the conversation turned to the legality of some of the practices implemented as a part of the interrogation process on terror suspects, as well as the violations of civil liberties as part of the Patriot Act.

Comparing Bush’s actions with those of President Lincoln, Cheney inferred that there is a long line of examples of actions that become appropriate in wartime, and that in the future, people will look back and see that the measures were justified.

“But nobody thinks that was legal,” Schieffer pointed out.

“Well, no. It certainly was in the sense he wasn’t impeached. And it was a wartime measure that he took that I think history says today, yeah, that was probably a good thing to do,” Cheney replied.

The conversation also turned to Cheney’s hopes that Obama continues to maintain the harsh interrogation policies currently being allowed.

“I would hope Obama would avoid doing what others have done in the past, which is letting the campaign rhetoric guide his judgment in this absolutely crucial area.”

The interview was aired on CBS’s Face The Nation on January 4, 2008.


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