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Dick Cheney

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I don't believe anyone that I know in the administration ever said that Iraq had nuclear weapons.
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Rumsfeld, at a hearing of the Senate's appropriations subcommittee on defense, May 14, 2003; Cheney asserted that Iraq had nuclear weapons March 16 of the same year on Meet the Press

 
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