Gibbs dismisses Cheney's remarks as "typical"
Press Secty Robert Gibbs said that Cheney's charges that the Obama Administration's CIA probe was "political" were "unfounded" remarks, and "typical" of the former Vice President. It is true that at least among certain bloggers, the probe is being viewed as a power play on the part of Obama.
The White House on Monday fired back after former Vice President Dick Cheney called the Obama administration's decision to open a probe into alleged CIA abuses an "outrageous political act."
White House Press Secretary Roberts Gibbs broadly dismissed Cheney's comments on "FOX News Sunday" as typical and unfounded.
"This is the same song and dance we've heard since literally the first day of our administration," Gibbs said. "The vice president ... clearly had his facts on a number of things wrong."
Gibbs did not call out Cheney on specific misstatements, but suggested the former vice president's criticism about a newly formed unit responsible for interrogating high-value detainees was off base. After Cheney ridiculed the unit, Gibbs said it would have participants from several law enforcement agencies and dismissed the notion that the White House would be making interrogation decisions.
When questioned as to whether or not he was concerned over Cheney's assertion that the CIA probe would prove to be an error on the part of Obama, Gibbs replied:
"I'm not entirely sure that Dick Cheney's predictions on foreign policy have borne a whole lot of fruit over the last eight years in a way that has been either positive or, to the best of my recollection, very correct," Gibbs told reporters. "I'm not entirely sure that Dick Cheney's predictions on foreign policy have borne a whole lot of fruit over the last eight years in a way that has been either positive or, to the best of my recollection, very correct.".