Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Bush's Libby Dilemma

Bush Faces Libby Pardon Dilemma - washingtonpost.com:
The 2-1/2 year sentence imposed on former White House aide I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby today puts new pressure on President Bush, who may soon confront the choice of triggering a fresh political storm by pardoning a convicted perjurer or letting one of the early architects of his administration head off to prison.

Libby, who served as assistant to the president and chief of staff to Vice President Cheney until his indictment in late 2005, was ordered to serve 30 months behind bars and pay a $250,000 fine for committing perjury and obstruction of justice in the CIA leak case. But most disturbing to the White House may be comments by the judge indicating that he is inclined to order Libby to begin serving the sentence right away.
So either way, BushCo gets the short end of the stick. Maybe Libby will wax more candid once he's had a few weeks in the cooler. I'm betting (hoping?) Bush pardons him, because it would be easier for him (and Cheney) to withstand the shit-storm a pardon causes than the shit-hurricane a singing Libby would set off.

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