A lie contained in former Vice President Dick Cheney’s memoir surfaced Monday, as former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank claimed Cheney tried to blame him for the actions of a Republican congressman in 2003.
Cheney wrote that Frank blocked a motion by George W. Bush’s administration to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2003 and said Frank was the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee at the time, according to the Huffington Post.
But Mike Oxley, a Republican from Ohio, served as the committee’s chairman in 2003, according to the biographical directory of the U.S. Congress. Frank chaired the committee from 2007 to 2011.
Frank said in a HuffPost Live interview that he picked up Cheney’s 2011 memoir, titled “In My Time,” in the Huffington Post office and noticed the blatant inaccuracy in the text as he flipped through its pages.
Frank called Cheney’s claim a “flat dishonesty” aimed at blaming him for the actions of a Republican Congress.
Cheney’s error, whether it was a slip of the mind or a decision to take some creative freedom in his memoir, frames Frank as the Democratic congressman at fault for the decisions of Republican leaders.
“The Republicans controlled Congress from 1995 to 2006,” Frank said in the interview. “And all of the things they blame us for, happened while they were in charge.”