Former vice president Walter Mondale on Friday criticized Vice President Dick Cheney’s role in the White House, and said former president Jimmy Carter never would have tolerated Cheney’s actions.
“I think that Cheney has stepped way over the line,” Mondale said.
Mondale said Cheney and his assistants pressured federal agencies as they prepared information for President Bush.
“I think Cheney’s been at the center of cooking up farcical estimates of national risks, weapons of mass destruction and the 9/11 connection to Iraq,” he said.
Mondale said that does not serve the president, because he needs facts.
“If I had done as vice president what this vice president has done, Carter would have thrown me out of there,” Mondale said. “I don’t think he could have tolerated a vice president over there pressuring and pushing other agencies, ordering up different reports than they wanted to send us. I don’t think he would have stood for it.”