Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Cheatin' Cheney implicated in Scooter Libby trial

I don't intend to blog much about the Scooter Libby trial since it's being so well covered by so many bloggers with a better grasp of the issues than me, but this is too huge to go unremarked. The prosecution opens with the contention that Cheney is heavily implicated in the dirty deeds. The big three allegations are Cheney is the one who told Scooter about Plame, he gave Scooter an handwritten note directing him to leak the info to the press and Scooter destroyed the note in order to protect the VP. I bet he's sorry he didn't save it now.

Meanwhile, Digby reports the vultures are already circling the VP's office with Norah O'Donnell asking Andy Card and Leon Panetta if the president is going to have to ask Dick Cheney to resign as a result of what's being alleged at the Libby Trial.

Personally, I think Bush would be more likely to give Cheney a medal of freedom but I think Digby is right that we can expect a major smear campaign against Fitzgerald to commence almost immediately. The White House is certainly not going to want the public to be thinking about the facts in this case.
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Anonymous romunov said...

No matter what happens, the next prez'dent in line, or perhaps even the current one, will serve a pardon to any person convicted. It's just whitewash. Perhaps your culture needs to introduce the harakiri?

4:47:00 PM  
Anonymous lester said...

I still don't understand why this trial is going forward. it was armitage who leaked the name not libby.

4:55:00 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Hmm...I didn't hear about the vultures circling the VP's office, but it hardly matters if he's asked to step down or not - the rest of the puppet masters will still be standing behind the curtain.

5:48:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Romunov - I'm afraid you're right and no one will ever see the inside of a jail cell for this.

Lester - the issue is Libby lied to the grand jury. He wasn't indicted for leaking Plame's name.

Kathy - so good to see you. I'm afraid you're right as well. The only way to solve this mess is to get rid of the whole lot of them and that is never going to happen until about 2010.

7:13:00 PM  
Anonymous lester said...

I don't think lying to the grand jury is worth this trial. I mean, he wasn't lying about where he hid some body, he was trying to cover his ass so he could stay on board and run the office of the VP.

Don't get me wrong, i hate the guy, but I think he should be on trial for war crimes, not lying about something he didn't even do.

2:13:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Lester, Scooter is small fry compared to Bush, Cheney and Rove. They're the ones who should be indicted for war crimes. Scooter was just following orders like a good little soldier. Such is the nature of our legal system that the big ones often get away.

I think it makes sense to prosecute him only because information like this will get out as part of the defense. This is one time I'm actually for political posturing.

As trials go, this one has been cheap and exposing the dirty secrets seems to me to worth it.

3:35:00 PM  

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