Blowing Valerie Plame's Cover

June 13, 2007

Prosecutor Wants Libby in Jail Now

Bustcrux52_3Yesterday, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald urged a court to make Scooter Libby start his prison sentence now, instead of letting him remain free while he appeals his conviction (Washington Post). The judge leaned toward sending Libby to prison sooner.

Actually, this could work to President Bush's advantage, as he considers whether to pardon Libby.  As I advised the President last week, in a post that I'm sure he either read or placed on his must-read-soon list: wait until Christmas Eve like your father did in 1992, when pardoning key players in the Iran-Contra scandal. 

Americans are more forgiving and understanding around the holidays, and if Scooter puts in at least a few months in prison, the public will buy the argument that he's already been punished.  If Libby stays free and loses the appeal, how could the President respectably pardon him?

June 07, 2007

Cheney Asked to Bud out re: Libby's Pardon and Prosecution

Bustcrux_2In a letter today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and Constitution Subcommittee Chairman Jerrold Nadler asked Vice President Dick Cheney to recuse himself from involvement in issues regarding Scooter Libby's criminal prosecution and potential pardon--and to "refrain from further public comment on the prosecution."

Apparently, Cheney told God and everyone that Libby's sentencing was unjust, prompting the letter that also says:

"The Executive Branch must speak through one voice on matters of criminal prosecution. We would hope a sitting Vice President would not suggest that the Government seeks any result other than that sought by the prosecutors representing the Department of Justice, or imply that the decisions of the trial court - both as to the validity of the verdict or the proper sentence should be undone." (See letter)

I see Conyers' point. Then again, Libby's prosecution is a matter of public concern. It's been years since I took Constitutional Law, but I suspect that Cheney has a First Amendment right to talk about public matters. 

See also:

- Advice to Bush re Libby's pardon: Wait until Xmas, Like Dad Did (BNP)

- Nadler Puts Cheney in His Sights (The Next Hurrah)

June 06, 2007

To Pardon or Not to Pardon (Scooter Libby)?

Bustcrux_2President Bush now faces a dilemma over whether to pardon Scooter Libby, who was sentenced yesterday to 30 months in prison. Advice for the President: wait until Christmas Eve, like your father did in 1992 when pardoning six players in the Iran-Contra scandal .

At least wait until after Thanksgiving, when department stores will be decked with holly and piping in Xmas carols. Two reasons for my suggestion:

1) Americans are more charitable during the holidays, making them more likely to buy the Christian-forgiveness argument that would likely follow a pardon.

2) By December (unless the appeals process keeps him out of prison), Libby will have served at least a few weeks, making technically correct any assertion that he has been punished.

Today's Washington Post said the pardon-thing is such a sensitive topic that "even Bush friends have been told not to bring it up with the president."  Don't sweat it, Mr. President. You can't run again, your father's pardons seemed far more egregious, and you've got far more substantive issues to tackle (e.g., the Irq war, the climate, the Justice Department...).

See what others are saying about the pardon-thing:

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June 05, 2007

Interview with Joseph Wilson at Truthout.

Moi_4 At Truthout, Jason Leopold interviews Joseph Wilson.  The Wilsons have filed a civil suit m Vice President Dick Cheney, White House Political Adviser Karl Rove and Cheney's former Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby,   for allegedly violating his and Plame Wilson's civil rights. 

Plame is preparing to publish her memoirs.  According to Wilson, the CIA publications review board has vetted it and concluded that it contains no materials "that are in and of themselves classified," according to Wilson.  They do not want her to acknowledge that before 2002 she worked for the CIA.  Wilson:   "This is  "Richard Cheney's last attempt to stifle free speech in this country---and we'll beat the son of a bitch on that too. We will find a workaround to make sure that...she will be able to tell her story..."

You can hear a clip of Wilson's reaction to today's Libby sentencing  here.   Among other things, Wilson  says that he wishes that the president---having expressed sympathy for Libby's family--- would express sympathy for Valerie Plame, who lost her career, and for the families of people who are fighting based on wrong information.      

To find out about the civil case (or contribute to the legal fund, you can go to"  Click here to see the Truthout videotape.

May 20, 2007

Cheney's Bizarre Defense re: Valerie Plame

Bustcrux_18 Months ago, President Bush acknowledged that blowing a secret government agent's cover is a bad thing.

Yet, in federal court last week, Dick Cheney's lawyers argued it was okay for a White House official to blow ex-CIA agent Valerie Plame's cover back in 2003, because Plame's husband Joe Wilson had publicly criticized Bush's approach to the Iraq war. Outing Wilson's wife was just an ordinary part of a hardball policy debate.

Plame and Wilson are suing Cheney and other Administration officials . . . .

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