Former Vice President Dick Cheney signed a secret resignation letter shortly after taking office in 2001.
Cheney, who has a long history of heart disease, said concern about a possible health crisis was one of the main reasons he kept the letter. Former President George W. Bush knew about it and so did a Cheney staff member.
Within the Bush administration, Cheney was one of the staunchest advocates of so-called “enhanced” interrogations of terrorism suspects, such as waterboarding and sleep deprivation.
Cheney, along with key aides, was also a proponent of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, which the Bush administration justified by citing weapons of mass destruction and al Qaeda ties that dictator Saddam Hussein turned out not to possess. Days before the invasion, Cheney predicted U.S. troops would be “greeted as liberators.”
In the interview, which will air on August 29, NBC’s Jamie Gangel asked Cheney whether the book might embarrass Bush with its revelations of private conversations that highlighted the sway the vice president held in decision-making.
“I didn’t set out to embarrass the president or not embarrass the president,” Cheney said. “If you look at the book there are many places in it where I say some very fine things about George Bush. And believe every word of it.”