Break out the tiny violin for Darth Cheney! SWEET!

Sources close to Cheney told the Daily News the former vice president repeatedly pressed Bush to pardon Libby, arguing his ex-chief of staff and longtime alter ego deserved a full exoneration – even though Bush had already kept Libby out of jail by commuting his 30-month prison sentence.

…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.”

…The vehemence of Cheney’s last-minute onslaught has struck some Bush loyalists as excessive. “At some point you have to accept the decision of the guy who appointed you,” one of them said after learning the details. “I think Cheney was over the top.”

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding

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