The Left Indeed Scapegoats Scooter
John R. Houk
© March 6, 2007
I find this unbelievable! Scooter Libby was convicted with four guilty
verdicts relating to perjury and obstruction of justice. Then Special
Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald proclaims this is the event
that wraps four years of American taxpayer money.
Fitzgerald goes after Libby for lying about the outing of Plame. Yet
Fitzgerald knew full well from the beginning of his investigation that it was
Richard Armitage that outed Plame. AND Armitage outed Plame not in any attempt
to cover-up anything President Bush or Vice President Cheney were doing,
Armitage outed Plame to embarrass the President and Vice President because he
was against invading Iraq.
In fact Fitzgerald told Armitage to keep quite about his role in
leaking Plame’s name.
Plame and Wilson go Scot free about lying. There is NO indictment
whatsoever for Armitage’s treasonous acts and MSM manipulation to wrap
his anti-War/pro-Arab agenda; then Libby is convicted for perjury and obstruction
The Yahoo News (which I found out is often edited) report makes Libby
looks scandalously heinous and does not write about the appeal outlook put
forth by Libby’s Attorney until the end.
Where is the Justice!?
Libby found guilty in CIA leak trial
By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN and MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writers
Yahoo News (the link may lead to updated info)
March 6, 2007 8:15 PM ET
Once the closest adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, I. Lewis
"Scooter" Libby was convicted Tuesday of lying and obstructing a leak
investigation that shook the top levels of the Bush administration.
Four guilty verdicts ended a seven-week CIA leak trial that focused new
attention on the Bush administration’s much-criticized handling of intelligence
reports about weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the Iraq war.
In the end, jurors said they did not believe Libby’s main defense: that he
hadn’t lied but merely had a bad memory.
Their decisions made Libby the highest-ranking White House official convicted
in a government scandal since National Security Adviser John Poindexter in the
Iran-Contra affair two decades ago.
The case cost Cheney his most trusted adviser, and the trial revealed Cheney’s
personal obsession with criticism of the war’s justification.
Trial testimony made clear that President Bush secretly declassified a portion
of the prewar intelligence estimate that Cheney quietly sent Libby to leak to
Judith Miller of The New York Times in 2003 to rebut criticism by ex-ambassador
Joseph Wilson. Bush, Cheney and Libby were the only three people in the
government aware of the effort.
More top reporters were ordered into court — including Miller after 85
days of resistance in jail — to testify about their confidential sources
among the nation’s highest-ranking officials than in any other trial in recent
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said the verdict closed the nearly
four-year investigation into how the name of Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, and
her classified job at the CIA were leaked to reporters in 2003 — just
days after Wilson publicly accused the administration of doctoring prewar
intelligence. No one will be charged with the leak itself, which the trial
confirmed came first from then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
"The results are actually sad," Fitzgerald told reporters after the
verdict. "It’s sad that we had a situation where a high-level official
person who worked in the office of the vice president obstructed justice and
lied under oath. We wish that it had not happened, but it did."
One juror, former Washington Post reporter Denis Collins, said the jury did not
believe Libby’s main defense: that he never lied but just had a faulty memory.
Juror Jeff Comer agreed.
Collins said the jurors spent a week charting the testimony and evidence on 34
poster-size pages. "There were good managerial type people on this jury
who took everything apart and put it in the right place," Collins said.
"After that, it wasn’t a matter of opinion. It was just there."
Libby, not only Cheney’s chief of staff but also an assistant to Bush, was
expressionless as the verdict was announced on the 10th day of deliberations.
In the front row, his wife, Harriet Grant, choked out a sob and her head sank.
Libby could face up to 25 years in prison when sentenced June 5, but federal
sentencing guidelines will probably prescribe far less, perhaps one to three
years. Defense attorneys said they would ask for a retrial and if that fails,
appeal the conviction.
"We have every confidence Mr. Libby ultimately will be vindicated,"
defense attorney Theodore Wells told reporters. He said that Libby was
"totally innocent and that he did not do anything wrong."
Libby did not speak to reporters.
The president watched news of the verdict on television at the White House.
Deputy press secretary Dana Perino said Bush respected the jury’s verdict but
"was saddened for Scooter Libby and his family."
In a written statement, Cheney called the verdict disappointing and said he was
saddened for Libby and his family, too. "As I have said before, Scooter
has served our nation tirelessly and with great distinction through many years
of public service."
Wilson, whose wife left the CIA after she was exposed, said, "Convicting
him of perjury was like convicting Al Capone of tax evasion or Alger Hiss of
perjury. It doesn’t mean they were not guilty of other crimes."
Libby was convicted of one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of
perjury to the grand jury and one count of lying to the FBI about how he
learned Plame’s identity and whom he told.
Libby learned about Plame from Cheney in June 2003 about a month after Wilson’s
allegations were first published, without his name, by New York Times columnist
Prosecutors said Libby relayed the Plame information to other government
officials and told reporters, Miller of the Times and Matt Cooper of Time
magazine, that she worked at the CIA.
On July 6, 2003, Wilson publicly wrote that he had gone to Niger in 2002 and
debunked a report that Iraq was seeking uranium there for nuclear weapons and
that Cheney, who had asked about the report, should have known his findings
long before Bush cited the report in 2003 as a justification for the war. On
July 14, columnist Robert Novak reported that Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA and
she, not Cheney, had suggested he go on the trip.
When an investigation of the leak began, prosecutors said, Libby feared
prosecution for disclosing classified information so he lied to investigators
to make his discussions appear innocent.
Libby swore that he was so busy he forgot Cheney had told him about Plame, and
was surprised to learn it a month later from NBC reporter Tim Russert. He swore
he told reporters only that he learned it from other reporters and could not
Russert, however, testified he and Libby never even discussed Plame.
Libby blamed any misstatements in his account on flaws in his memory.
He was acquitted of one count of lying to the FBI about his conversation with
Collins said jurors agreed that on nine occasions during a short period of
2003, Libby was either told about Plame or told others about her.
"If I’m told something once, I’m likely to forget it," Collins
recalled one juror saying. "If I’m told it many times, I’m less likely to
forget it. If I myself tell it to someone else, I’m even less likely to forget
Libby is free pending sentencing. His lawyers will ask that he remain so
through any appeal.
The prospects of a presidential pardon remain unclear. Top Democrats called on
Bush to pledge not to pardon Libby; the White House did not say what the
president would do.
Associated Press writer Natasha T. Metzler
contributed to this report.
The Left Indeed
John R. Houk
© March 6, 2007
Libby found guilty in CIA leak trial
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