WASHINGTON, June 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a
statement by Vice President Cheney:
"Scooter has dedicated much of his life to public service at the State
Department, the Department of Defense and the White House. In each of these
assignments he has served the nation tirelessly and with great distinction.
I relied on him heavily in my capacity as Secretary of Defense and as Vice
President. I have always considered him to be a man of the highest
intellect, judgment and personal integrity -- a man fully committed to
protecting the vital security interests of the United States and its
citizens. Scooter is also a friend, and on a personal level Lynne and I
remain deeply saddened by this tragedy and its effect on his wife, Harriet,
and their young children. The defense has indicated it plans to appeal the
conviction in the case. Speaking as friends, we hope that our system will
return a final result consistent with what we know of this fine man."
SOURCE White House Press Office