Bush pardons Libby

 Posted by at 18:05  Politics
Jul 022007

Bush Commutes Libby Prison Sentence

flanders.gifWASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush spared former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby from a 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case Monday, stepping into a criminal case with heavy political overtones on grounds that the sentence was just too harsh.

Bush’s move came hours after a federal appeals panel ruled Libby could not delay his prison term in the CIA leak case. That meant Libby was likely to have to report to prison soon and put new pressure on the president, who had been sidestepping calls by Libby’s allies to pardon the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.

“I respect the jury’s verdict,” Bush said in a statement. “But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby’s sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison.”

This was not unexpected. See previous post.

There are those who will argue that this is not a pardon. They will say that Mr. Bush only removed the prison time that Mr. Libby was to have served. Technically, they are correct. For all practical purposes, however, this is a pardon. Mr. Libby will not suffer for the crimes he committed. He has enough friends in high places that will see to that.



 Posted by at 13:48  Politics
Jul 022007

Court Won’t Delay Libby Prison Sentence

nelson.jpgWASHINGTON (AP) – Former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby cannot delay his 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case, a federal appeals court unanimously ruled Monday.

The decision is a dramatic setback for Libby, who likely will have to surrender to prison in weeks. The ruling puts pressure on President Bush, who has been sidestepping calls by Libby’s allies to pardon the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Libby was convicted in March of lying and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity. He is the highest-ranking White House official ordered to prison since the Iran-Contra affair.

Libby believed he had a good chance of overturning the conviction on appeal and asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to put the sentence on hold. In a two-sentence ruling, the court refused.

Libby’s attorneys did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Libby’s supporters, who raised millions of dollars for his defense fund, immediately renewed a call for a pardon.

Mr. Bush really doesn’t have much to lose. His presidency is pretty much shot to hell anyway. He may as well let the felon go and make his rabid base happy. Perhaps it will somewhat make up for them being pissed at him over the Mexican immigration fiasco.

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Jul 022007


“There are some who feel like — that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring’em on. We’ve got the force necessary to deal with the security situation.”George W. Bush, July 2, 2003

National Security Network:

It has been four years since the President declared “bring’em on” in response to the budding insurgency in Iraq. Since that statement, more than 3,300 American troops have been killed and 25,000 have been wounded. Iraqi civilians have suffered tremendously, with four million fleeing their homes and an estimated 35,000 killed. The security situation has only deteriorated further, with the initial insurgency morphing into multiple civil wars and sectarian violence. Incredibly, there are more American troops in Iraq today than were there four years ago when the President made his reckless declaration.

January 21, 2009 — Bring it on!

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