Scooter Libby is Officially Toast

Merry Fitzmas to all...

Former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was convicted Tuesday of obstruction, perjury and lying to the FBI in an investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's identity.

Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was accused of lying and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity to reporters.

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  • Jon (unverified)
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    The jury in the CIA leak trial of Scooter Libby has spoken. Now it's your turn.

    Enter the "Sentence Scooter Contest." You get to play judge and pronounce a fitting sentence for the incredibly guilty Mr. Libby, convicted on four counts of perjury and obstruction of justice in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. You'll not only have fun, you could also win a $100 Amazon.com gift certificate for your trouble.

    Play "Sentence Scooter" Today!

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    What I want to know is will Fitzgerald now squeeze Libby for information that could lead to new charges against other people in return for lenient sentencing recommendations? A lynchpin of Scooter's defense was that he was being thrown to the wolves to protect Karl Rove. How pissed is he at being made a scapegoat?

    My two favorite bits from the New York Times coverage of the verdict are:

    Right up to the final stages of the deliberations, there were hints of some confusion on the jury as to just what Mr. Libby was accused of doing. This morning, for instance, Judge Walton was asked if Mr. Libby was accused of making a false statement to a reporter from Time magazine. No, the judge said; he was not. ... During jury selection, the defense filtered out those District of Columbia residents who acknowledged negative feelings about the Bush White House and the war.

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    I'd love to see Scooter walk...just as long as he gives up his boss.

  • Ross Williams (unverified)
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    Is there anyone who seriously believes Scooter isn't going to be pardoned? They will likely string out the appeals as long as possible. But there is zero chance he does any jail time.

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    If he gives up Cheney he's not getting pardoned.

  • Sid Leader (unverified)
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    I just called Lars and KKKXL and asked them if Shakes the President was done restoring "honor and dignity" to The White House.

    Guess what? They hung up on me!

    Which I will take as a "no".

    Happy Fitzmas, Scooter. You too Deadeye Dick. And best of luck with that bastard grandchild. You two are both gonna need it.

  • Ross Williams (unverified)
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    If he gives up Cheney he's not getting pardoned.

    No kidding. And why would he give up Cheney?

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    Maybe he's just pissed enough that he would give up Cheney for the right sentencing deal.

  • Garlynn (unverified)
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    According to the SF Chronicle's coverage of the verdict:

    "Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who has led the leak investigation, said no additional charges would be filed. That means nobody will be charged with the leak and Libby, who was not the source for the original column outing Plame, will be the only one to face trial."

    So, it doesn't look like anybody else, aside from Libby, will be going down as the result of this particular case.

    However, keep this in mind: Do you honestly think that this one particular leak was the only documentably criminal offense that the Bush Administration has committed over the past six years, or the only one that has a paper trail leading up to Cheney and/or Bush?

    I'm pretty sure that the answer to this is no.

    Why keep beating a dead horse? I'm sure that, now that the Dems have subpoena authority, if they would like to focus on a different issue, all it would take is the political willpower to do so.

    And that, as Al Gore would say, is a renewable resource.

  • Ross Williams (unverified)
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    Maybe he's just pissed enough that he would give up Cheney for the right sentencing deal.

    And abandon the pardon he has every reason to expect he will receive? Not likely. He has no reason to care what sentence he is given - he's not going to serve a day.

  • Zarathustra (unverified)
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    Good summary of how the establishment would like the incident viewed/debated! "He's Toast". Yep. A graf from their dreams...

    Where's extraordinary rendition when ya need it? I'm pretty sure we've got deals with countries where you can legally be hung by the balls and flogged for small felonies. Outsourcing. Let the punishment fit the slime.

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