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Cheney: If President Does It During War, It's Legal

On Fox News Sunday, Dick Cheney finally admitted that he cursed out Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on the Senate floor in 2004 -- and said he had no regrets about doing it.

"Did you really tell Senator Leahy, 'bleep' yourself?" Wallace asked Cheney. "I did," the vice president replied. "Any qualms, or second thoughts, or embarrassment?" Wallace asked. "No, I thought he merited it at the time," Cheney responded. "And we've since, I think, patched over that wound and we're civil to one another now."

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In the same appearance, Cheney also claimed that, as a "general proposition," whatever the president does during war is legal. Think Progress reports:

On Fox News Sunday today, host Chris Wallace asked Vice President Cheney, "if the President, during war, decides to do something to protect the country, is it legal?" "I think as a general proposition, I'd say yes," replied Cheney.

Cheney went on to defend the administration's actions over the past eight years:

CHENEY: There are bound to be debates and arguments from time to time and wrestling back and forth about what kinds of authority is appropriate in any specific circumstances, but I think that what we've done has been totally consistent with what the Constitution provides for.