Washington - Former United States vice-president Dick Cheney signed a secret resignation letter shortly after taking office in 2001 and kept it in a safe, according to an excerpt of an NBC interview released on Wednesday.
Cheney, who has a long history of heart disease, said concern about a possible health crisis was one of the main reasons he kept the letter. Former president George W. Bush knew about it and so did a Cheney staff member.
“I did it because I was concerned... for a couple of reasons,” Cheney said.
“One was my own health situation. The possibility that I might have a heart attack or a stroke that would be incapacitating. And, there is no mechanism for getting rid of a vice-president who can't function.”
Cheney, who spoke to NBC about his forthcoming memoir In My Time, gave a few glimpses of some of the book's topics and said it was likely to be controversial.