Scooter Libby Disbarred

Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was disbarred in the District of Columbia because of his convictions last year for perjury and obstructing justice in a White House leak investigation for which he was sentenced to 30 months in jail and a levied a $250,000 fine. President Bush subsequently commuted the jail term.

I remember that travesty– I mean case.

I even posted some rambling thoughts as I tried to get my head around the bizarre spectacle of Pat Fitzgerald helping Boris and Natasha hustle little Richie Cunningham.

Joe Wilson was content to let the whole world think that the White House was masochistic enough to send him on an African fact-finding mission to prove that the Executive Branch is filled with intelligence-manipulating, war-mongering liars. Also to show that Wilson is smarter and more capable than British intelligence, but mostly to prove that the White House is inhabited by intelligence-manipulating, war-mongering liars.

But when Wilson’s report turned up — not in a White House intelligence briefing but in the New York Times — mouths dropped open all over the executive mansion, because apparently nobody there even knew about the trip to Niger.

…Now Scooter Libby, Chief of Staff to the Vice President, is facing up to 25 years for perjury and obstruction of justice for ratting out Plame to journalist, Robert Novak. His motive? To kick sand in Wilson’s face for embarrassing the president of course!

Actually, that’s not quite correct. Libby didn’t tell Novak about Plame. It was Richard Armitage. Mean, jealous, vindictive Richard…. Wait. Hold on. Armitage is a vocal Bush critic and probably wouldn’t care if Wilson embarrassed the president.

Enter Federal Prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald. Obviously somebody was out to get revenge on Wilson. Armitage didn’t fit the description, so Fitzgerald kept looking until he found Libby.

Libby knew that Plame cooked up the African mission to prove Bush a liar and Saddam Hussein a pussycat who would never ever think of trying to purchase uranium from anyone. (Incidentally, Saddam Hussein did try to buy uranium from Niger, but that’s not the issue here.)

…But first he indicted Libby for blowing Plame’s cover as a CIA spook on a covert, top secret mission overseas.

Actually, that’s not true. Plame had a desk job in Washington and was not covered by the Secret Agents Identity Act. Maybe that’s why Fitzgerald never went after Armitage, the guy who really blabbed Plame’s name to Novak.

So, let me see if I understand… Fitzgerald indicted Libby for something he knew Armitage did and, by the way, wasn’t illegal in the first place?

…I hate to belabor this, but if what Libby told the guys was legal, why did it matter who he told it to first, and incidentally why was he under grand jury indictment in the first place?

There are lessons to be learned here. Never allow yourself to become consumed by jealousy and vindictiveness that festers, boils, and builds inside until one day you snap, blurt the name of a CIA desk jockey to a couple guys and then a year later claim under oath not to remember which guy you told first.

So, to the obvious glee of left-wingers everywhere, Richie was hauled above decks today for another public flogging.

A little excessive? In comparison to what?  California Yankee had these thoughts:

"Compare the sentence received by Libby to the slap on the wrist received by former National Security advisor to President Clinton, Sandy Berger. Berger stole classified documents and lied about the theft. The Justice Department negotiated a guilty plea to a misdemeanor, a $10,000 fine and loss of security clearance for three years for Mr. Berger. A settlement which was so lenient it was rejected by the Judge Deborah Robinson and replaced by a $56,000 fine, two years probation, 100 hours of community service and loss of security clearance."

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