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Monday, July 02, 2007

Bush Commutes Libby's Sentence

It's about time!

Sandy Burger steals classified documents and is a free man. But, Scooter Libby was facing 2 1/2 year prison term and a $250,000 fine for being the only Republican that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald could trap while allegedly investigating the leak of a "covert" CIA agent.

Meanwhile, Richard Armitage, the man actually leaked the name, was never pursued for the alleged crime. Perhaps Armitage was spared from prosecution because he openly opposed the fighting the war in Iraq. Perhaps he was spared because the CIA agent in question was not a covert agent and the alleged leak was not a crime.

Ultimately, Libby was "Nifonged" by Patrick Fitzgerald. While Fitzgerald was going after Libby, he already knew that Amritage was the "leaker". Continuing the investigation was clearly an attempt to manufacture a crime against a White House operative and pad Fitzgerald's resume.

President Bush was right to commute Libby's prison sentence. It was long overdue. But, what about that $250,000 fine?

The President is being criticized for not commuting the entire sentence – or not giving Libby a full pardon. But, I wonder if Bush is waiting to see if justice can still be served through the appeals process. Should Libby win on appeal, then some of his reputation will be spared. If the President had given him a full pardon, then Libby would never have the chance to regain the reputation that he worked decades to build.

President Bush has done the right thing for Libby – and for justice. Now, about those two border guards...


Blogger Right Hook said...

President Bush did do the right thing as far as he went, but if the appeals process doesn't remedy the injustice to Mr. Libby (who should really change his nickname from "Scooter" to "Train" to reflect the way he has been railroaded by the out-of-control prosecutor) a full pardon should be granted. Even if he receives a full pardon, he may never repair his reputation, not to mention recouping the considerable legal fees involved.

The disheartening thing is that the proven liars in this matter, Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame, appear to have gotten off scott free.

I second the call for a pardon for Campion and Ramos, the two border guards who appear to have been railroaded by another out-of-control prosecutor. A border patrol officer recently appeared on the G. Gordon Liddy radio show and reported that the situation has caused morale to plummet among those who guard our borders. The gallows humor inside joke among the border patrol officers is that their mission is apparently "To Protect and Serve Time".

7/02/2007 10:05 PM  

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