Scooter Libby Guilty on Four out of Five Counts

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Former Chief of Staff to the Vice President Lewis “Scooter” Libby has been found guilty on four of the five counts he was charged with in the Valerie Plame Wilson/CIA leak case.
He was not found guilty on the 3rd charge of making a false statement.
Let’s now see if the Scooter Libby Legal Defense Trust posts the headlines on his guilty verdict on its news site.
— Steve Clemons

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22 comments on “Scooter Libby Guilty on Four out of Five Counts

  1. Robert Morrow says:

    If Scooter Libby lied and broke the law, and was convicted, then he should serve his time and not be pardoned. I am so sick of politicians thinking they can lie or obstruct justice and they can get away with it.
    — Robert Morrow

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  2. Kathleen says:

    ManagedChaos, that sure is THE question I would love to see answered. Why the hell did they do such a bogus job of it?
    I think they have some leftover Niger Embassy stationary that they want to use for Iran. You can fool most of the people most of the time, apparently.

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  3. ManagedChaos says:

    Who forged the Niger documents??!! Judging from how badly forged they were, whoever did it knew that they wouldn’t be scrutinized much before the info contained in them was used as a justification for war. This tells us that someone connected to the Bush administration was most likely the forger. I’m going with someone like Ledeen with help from the OSP which probably got help from the Israelis/AIPAC types.

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  4. Kathleen says:

    P.S.
    Back in the glory days of John Bolton’s Non-Confirmation hearings, Maurice Hinchey and 40 other Congressmen wrote to Fitz to ask him to increase the scope of his investigation to include the Niger forgeries.
    At the time, there was talk of Congressional hearings on the Plame leak, but Fitz specifically requested that Congress not hold hearings for fear that they would grant immunity to witnesses to obtain their testimony, thus impairing his ability to indict.
    So much for Plan A. Now that Fitz has packed up his tent and is going back to his day job, perhaps its time for those hearings and some real answers.

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  5. Kathleen says:

    Finest:
    On the subject of spending tax dollars for purposes other than the common good, this administration used US Treasury and lives to privatize Iraq’s oil industry for the profit of private companies. We went to Iraq so that US and Brittish oil companies could commandeer Iraq’s oil reserves. Now legislation to do just that is proceeding through the Iraqi parliament.
    Nothing new here. It’s certainly not the first time the GOP has used tax dollars for purposes other than the common good. Do you think the impeachment of Bill Clinton was a waste of tax dollars? Last I checked, marital infidelity was not a crime, certainly not an impeachable one. But then you probably think it was okay for Rudi Guiliani to screw around and ask a judge to let him move his mistress into Gracie Mansion while he was still married and his kids lived there.
    Hypocrisy is so digusting.
    mlaw230, thank you again.

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  6. pauline says:

    from Wayne Madsen this morning —
    March 7, 2007 — From inside the halls of Congress to the offices of Democratic politicians around the country there is increasing criticism of the stranglehold the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and its political allies have on the Democratic Party’s agenda and political message. WMR has spoken to a number of Democrats off-the-record and the story is much the same: Democratic leaders, from House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emmanuel to Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Dianne Feinstein — pursuant to dictates from pro-Israeli political interests — are curbing debate on the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, impeachment, and generally, any strong or effective reaction by the Democrats to the Bush administration’s and the neo-cons’ disastrous war in Iraq. In various congressional districts, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is bypassing progressive Democratic candidates and replacing them with “centrist” and less anti-war candidates for the 2008 election.
    Criticism within the Democratic Party of AIPAC is carried out very quietly. The consequence for any Democratic politician who is identified as speaking ill of the powerful lobby group is a political death sentence. However, from Washington DC to California, the message is much the same — AIPAC and its allies are wearing down the patience of a number of Democrats who see the organization as a Republican and neo-con Trojan Horse within the Democratic Party. Next week, AIPAC will be holding its annual convention at the Washington, DC Convention Center. The gathering is bound to create more angst among Democrats — with both Democratic presidential frontrunners, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, tripping over themselves in seeking AIPAC campaign support.
    The schism within the Democratic Party appeared when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to allow ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Jane Harman of California to become chairman. Pelosi was backed by powerful House Defense Appropriations Committee chairman John Murtha. That set off a battle for the House Majority Leader position between Murtha and Steny Hoyer of Maryland. Hoyer handily won the election while Pelosi supported Murtha. Hoyer’s sister, Bernice Manocherian, has served as an executive president of AIPAC.
    The controversy about Harman arose after she attempted to interfere in the Justice Department’s investigation of AIPAC for espionage. Harman’s links to AIPAC sank her chances of becoming HPSCI chair. Harman reportedly agreed to work with Republican chairman Peter Hoekstra to avoid an investigation of the cooked up pre-war intelligence on Iraq in return for the Bush administration going easy on the investigation of AIPAC officials Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, both later indicted for receiving highly classified documents from Israeli Pentagon spy Larry Franklin. After the Libby trial, the next major bombshells are expected to come from the Rosen and Weissman trial, set for June 4. The AIPAC conference next week will undoubtedly be readying for public relations spin for June’s “perfect storm” — sentencing for Libby is scheduled for June 5, the day after the Rosen and Weismann trial commences.
    The last straw for some Democrats is quiet but firm backing from AIPAC-allied politicians and special interests for a presidential pardon for convicted former Vice President Chief of Staff Irving Lewis “Scooter” Libby. Even as Libby was being found guilty, the Libby Legal Defense Fund announced a new member had joined its advisory committee. He is Charles Heimbold, Jr., former Chairman and CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and a former U.S. ambassador to Sweden. Advisory Committee Chairman Mel Sembler, the former U.S. ambassador to Italy whose fingerprints are found on the transmittal of the bogus Niger documents from Italian hands to the Bush administration — one of the incidents that led to CIA Leakgate — said the following about the conviction of Libby: “Scooter is a good man and a distinguished public servant who has been wrongly accused.”
    Other Libby Defense Fund advisory committee members who continue to support the convicted felon include Mary Matalin, former aide to Dick Cheney and wife of Democratic Party insider and Hillary Clinton supporter James Carville; former Education Secretary William Bennett; former HUD Secretary Jack Kemp; former Attorney General Edwin Meese III; former Senator Don Nickles; former Rep. Bill Paxon; former Clinton Middle East envoy Dennis Ross; former Senator Alan Simpson; Hollywood straphanger and former Senator Fred Thompson; and former CIA Director James Woolsey. The one question that can be asked of all these and other Libby Advisory Committee members is: “Why do they hate America so much?”

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  7. mlaw230 says:

    Finest, enough is enough, it would be wrong to let your propaganda go.
    First, the investigation was begun by a referral for investigation from the CIA. Presumably they know whether Plame’s identity was classified or not.
    Second, Plame’s status would have been the very first question asked by the US Attorney, i.e. they would have asked, if it was not spelled out in the referral itself, whether Plame had a status that could form the basis for a charge. The mere fact that an investigation was begun, puts the lie to your statement.
    Third, Wilson said he was sent by the CIA in response to an inquiry from the VP. Three CIA officers testified that the VP’s inquiry was, in fact, the ipetus of the trip.
    Fourth, virtually any responsible newspaper would give the former Ambassador to Iraq, who claimed to have pertinent information regarding the false premise for a war with Iraq, a forum.
    Fifth, Plames’ status is STILL classified so no one can discuss it publicly, and the Right wing nutters are counting on that fact to prevent disclosure, just as they counted on the Press, most prominently Tim Russert, maintaining “confidentility” to prevent exposure of their lies. My guess is that we may hear something about this at Libby’s sentencing but only obliquely.
    Sixth, the reason there was no charge on the underlying crime, is not because it didn’t happen but because Libby wouldn’t and will not talk. He is a good soldier.

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  8. Finest says:

    THIS HAS ABSOLUTELY, 100% NOTHING TO DO WITH VALERIE PLAME IV AND WILSON IV. THERE WAS NO CRIME. GOT IT?? Fitzgerald never indicted anyone for any crime. To show he spent our tax dollars wisely he indicted Scooter. Fitz, where’s the money gone? This is all you have to show for MILLIONS spent over four years? Let’s indict Wilson IV for lying about why he went to Niger and why the NYTimes gave him a forum straight outa the blue. Oh, by the way Fitz, what about bungling the Ali Mohammed case before 9/11? Bring on the pardon. Now.

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  9. daCascadian says:

    I`m enjoying Act One so far. Should be a real interesting show by the middle of Act Three. Must remember to get popcorn before the curtain goes up on that.
    One step at a time…
    “If you`re not nervous, you don`t understand what`s happening.” – John Young

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  10. Kathleen says:

    mlaw230:
    I feel a little bit better now. If only we had some spines in Congress.

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  11. ManagedChaos says:

    If he’s guilty of obstruction of justice, how can this case just end? I guess it comes down to the sentence and if he gets enough prison time, maybe Scooter will open up. I guess it ends if he continues to protect Cheney and Bush.
    Guess who was Marc Rich’s lawyer? Yes, Scooter Libby. I’m sure the irony of that is lost on all the right wing-nuts who scream about Clinton pardoning Rich.
    One neo-con Israeli firster down…up next…AIPAC lobbyists.

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  12. mlaw230 says:

    Two pardon related points:
    1) If Libby is pardoned he loses his right to claim the 5th in any other proceeding or investigation. So, ironically, a pardon could actually result in more information being obtained rather than less.
    2) A legal act can be in furtherance of a criminal conspiracy. I believe that a pardon could conceivably be seen as part of a conspiracy to obstruct justice, if the purpose of the pardon was to prevent testimony disclosing that criminal conduct. Unlikely for a prosecutor perhaps, but an impeachable offense.

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  13. Kathleen says:

    I don’t know what year the Chinese say it is, but in my book, it feels like the year of the anti-climax.
    If Fitz is not going to file any further charges against those who did out a CIA agent and those who conspired to defraud our country into war without just cause, and presidential pardons just around the corner, what real difference does the guilty verdict make?
    I’ve always felt that after the midterm elections, Cheney would resign for health reasons, so the GOP could run an incumbent on their 08 ticket.

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  14. Carroll says:

    I think we should do away with Presidential pardons. If anything maybe allow a President to request a review in some cases but not have the authority to give pardons.
    I am sure everyone remembers Clinton pardoning Marc Rich, was there any justifcation for that pardon? NO. It was pure criminal politics.

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  15. Angry One says:

    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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  16. Winnipeger says:

    …and cheney is being treated for “blood clots?” ironic, coincidence or forshadowing?

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  17. hell's kitchen says:

    Thanks to the Judge Walton for keeping a firm hand on the trial process, to Fitzpatrick for his ethical and determined pursuit of justice, and to the jury which took the time to carefully consider the testimony to reach their verdicts.
    One little notch in restoring faith in people and process of this great country, which has been undermined since 2001.

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  18. urbino says:

    A victory for the rule of law, whatever the political consequences may be. (And I expect they’ll be slim to none.)

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  19. pauline says:

    Kudos to a great jury decision!
    If Fitzgerald was really going after “bigger fish”, imo, we could see Cheney stepping down soon for “health reasons”.

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