Bush Commutes Libby Jail Term




 
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Bush Commutes Libby Jail Term
 
July 3rd, 2007  
Gator
 
 

Topic: Bush Commutes Libby Jail Term


Bush Commutes Libby Jail Term
Justice in Republican America, Libby will not go to Prison.

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Bush spares Libby from 2 1/2-year prison term
President leaves fine, probation intact for convicted ex-White House aide

WASHINGTON - President Bush spared former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby from a 2½-year prison term in the CIA leak investigation Monday, delivering a political thunderbolt in the highly charged criminal case. Bush said the sentence was just too harsh.
Bush’s move came just five hours after a federal appeals panel ruled that Libby could not delay his prison term. That meant Libby was likely to have to report soon, and it put new pressure on the president, who had been sidestepping calls by Libby’s allies to pardon Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff.
"I respect the jury’s verdict," Bush said in a statement. "But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby’s sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison."
Bush’s decision enraged Democrats and cheered conservatives — though some of the latter wished Bush had granted a full pardon.
"Libby’s conviction was the one faint glimmer of accountability for White House efforts to manipulate intelligence and silence critics of the Iraq war," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. "Now, even that small bit of justice has been undone."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Bush’s decision showed the president "condones criminal conduct."
Unlike a pardon, which would have wiped away Libby’s criminal record, Bush’s commutation voided only the prison term.
The president left intact a $250,000 fine and two years probation for his conviction of lying and obstructing justice in a probe into the leak of a CIA operative’s identity. The former operative, Valerie Plame, contends the White House was trying to discredit her husband, a critic of Bush’s Iraq policy.
Bush said his action still "leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby."
Libby was convicted in March, the highest-ranking White House official ordered to prison since the Iran-Contra affair.
Testimony in the case had revealed the extraordinary steps that Bush and Cheney were willing to take to discredit a critic of the Iraq war.
Reputation 'forever damaged'
Libby’s supporters celebrated the president’s decision.
"President Bush did the right thing today in commuting the prison term for Scooter Libby," said House Republican Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri.
"That’s fantastic. It’s a great relief," said former Ambassador Richard Carlson, who helped raise millions for Libby’s defense fund. "Scooter Libby did not deserve to go to prison and I’m glad the president had the courage to do this."
Already at record lows in the polls, Bush risked a political backlash with his decision. President Ford tumbled in the polls after his 1974 pardon of Richard M. Nixon, and the decision was a factor in Ford’s loss in his bid for re-election.
White House officials said Bush knew he could take political heat and simply did what he thought was right. They would not say what advice Cheney might have given the president.
On the other hand, Bush’s action could help Republican presidential candidates by letting them off the hook on the question of whether they would pardon Libby.
A message seeking comment from Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s office was not immediately returned.
Bush said Cheney’s former aide was not getting off free.
"The reputation he gained through his years of public service and professional work in the legal community is forever damaged," Bush said. "His wife and young children have also suffered immensely. He will remain on probation. The significant fines imposed by the judge will remain in effect. The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant and private citizen will be long-lasting."
A spokeswoman for Cheney said simply, "The vice president supports the president’s decision."

Link http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19570081/?GT1=10150

Will President Bush go any lower in the Polls because of this?

I say yes, he will.
July 3rd, 2007  
MontyB
 
 
Why do the polls matter its not like he is running again besides I thought he was already in a close race with the margin of error for last place in most polls.
July 3rd, 2007  
Rabs
 
 
I'm torn on this one, Scooter was the fall man for the higher ups and doesn't really deserve to go to jail for following orders. However, he was found guilty by a court of law.

Lets not forget those clinton pardons at the end of his term either.
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Bush Commutes Libby Jail Term
July 3rd, 2007  
Gator
 
 
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Originally Posted by Rabs
I'm torn on this one, Scooter was the fall man for the higher ups and doesn't really deserve to go to jail for following orders. However, he was found guilty by a court of law.

Lets not forget those clinton pardons at the end of his term either.
Giving up a CIA Op is against Federal Law, President George HW Bush (former DCI) equated it to Treason against the United States of America, if Libby was the fall guy he should have walked to the gallows proudly because he is after all but a mere Republican on the face of the Earth, a Republican merely helping his Political Party.

America will see if the Clinton Pardons 8 years past will hurt the Dems in the 2008 race for the White House more than the the Libby issue. I'm told Libby is the highest ranking person in Government to get jail time since Iran/Contra (Republican) so, Election Day will provide the answer.

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Originally Posted by MontyB
Why do the polls matter its not like he is running again besides I thought he was already in a close race with the margin of error for last place in most polls.
Well, in my opinion it's all about the potential Impeachment of the sitting President now, and how the U. S. Congress (Democrat) starts to attack the U. S. President now, as someone has to pay for crimes aginst the Nation, and or the 2008 Race for the White House.
July 3rd, 2007  
phoenix80
 
 
This Is Good News
July 3rd, 2007  
MontyB
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by phoenix80
This Is Good News
Then why have a judicial system at all?
July 3rd, 2007  
Team Infidel
 
 
not really a good move on the President's side, but he never listened to critics anyways.
July 3rd, 2007  
mmarsh
 
 
Lets go over the President claim in 2000 when he said he would bring integrity (cough) back to the White House?

1. Have important underling #1 break the law, with the vice-president's and probably the presidents knowledge.

2. Have a peon underling #2 break the law by covering up for more valuable underling #1.

3. The President Vows to fire all underlings if they be involved in the case.

4. After its obvious underling #2 was involved in a cover up, Rephrase #3 to mean the he would fire them should they be "convicted". President thinks people are too stupid not to notice the change from involvement to conviction.

5. Then after underling #2 is totally convicted by a jury of peers in a fair trial, the president commutes underling #2 Jail Sentence, meaning he is not going to be punished at all because its obvious some hidden GOP bank fund will pay for Libby fine, its not like Libby is going to shell out his own dough, not that $250K is such a large sum for these guys anyway. So by commuting Libby Jail sentence he has effectively escaped any responsibility. Not that responsability was ever high on the White House importance list anyhow.

6. Two Lessons Learned. Certainly people are above the law and that crime pays, but only if you are a Republican and work for the White House.
July 3rd, 2007  
Marinerhodes
 
 
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Originally Posted by mmarsh
Lets go over the President claim in 2000 when he said he would bring integrity (cough) back to the White House?

1. Have important underling #1 break the law, with the vice-president's and probably the presidents knowledge.

2. Have a peon underling #2 break the law by covering up for more valuable underling #1.

3. The President Vows to fire all underlings if they be involved in the case.

4. After its obvious underling #2 was involved in a cover up, Rephrase #3 to mean the he would fire them should they be "convicted". President thinks people are too stupid not to notice the change from involvement to conviction.

5. Then after underling #2 is totally convicted by a jury of peers in a fair trial, the president commutes underling #2 Jail Sentence, meaning he is not going to be punished at all because its obvious some hidden GOP bank fund will pay for Libby fine, its not like Libby is going to shell out his own dough, not that $250K is such a large sum for these guys anyway. So by commuting Libby Jail sentence he has effectively escaped any responsibility. Not that responsability was ever high on the White House importance list anyhow.

6. Two Lessons Learned. Certainly people are above the law and that crime pays, but only if you are a Republican and work for the White House.
To the above I will repeat what was previously stated:
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"The reputation he gained through his years of public service and professional work in the legal community is forever damaged . . . . The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant and private citizen will be long-lasting."
This should, and likely will, apply to many others that we have never even heard of because they were perhaps only a peripheral part of it. But their involvment is probably known in the political world. They can pretty much kiss any high level job good bye.

So no, Libby isn't getting off scott-free. Nor are many of the others. Reputations have been tarnished if not outright burned.

I do believe that the sentence should not have been commuted.
July 3rd, 2007  
phoenix80
 
 

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Originally Posted by MontyB
Then why have a judicial system at all?
Judiciary was wrong, this time. Libby wasnt the man. Richard Armitage was the guy who broke the story. Why did the judiciary not prosecute him?
 


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