Monday, October 31, 2005

Case Against Lewis "Scooter" Libby



Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, one of the most trusted and powerful aides in the White House, was indicted several days ago on charges of obstruction of justice, making false statements and perjury in a case that goes to the heart of the Bush administration's reasons for invading Iraq.

Libby resigned within an hour.

He was charged in connection with statements he made to FBI agents and to a grand jury investigating the disclosure of the identity of CIA operative Valerie Wilson, also known by her unmarried name, Valerie Plame.

The five felony counts were handed up by a federal grand jury, as the panel's term expired. If convicted on all charges, Libby would face a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines.

The charges against Libby allege that he lied to FBI agents who interviewed him on Oct. 14 and Nov. 26, 2003. He is also charged with committing perjury while testifying under oath before the grand jury on March 5 and March 24, 2004. The indictment alleges that he engaged in obstruction of justice by impeding the grand jury's investigation into the unauthorized disclosure of Plame's CIA affiliation to various reporters in the spring of 2003.

The indictment alleges that Libby lied about information he discussed about the CIA employment of Plame in conversations he had in June and July 2003 with three reporters — Tim Russert of NBC News, Matthew Cooper of Time magazine, and Judith Miller of the New York Times.

Presenting a portrait of a senior White House aide aggressively seeking information about a critic who had the potential to undercut public support for the war in Iraq, the indictment alleges that Libby learned of Plame's status from an undersecretary of State and a senior CIA officer. It also charges that Libby gathered information about her in the wake of a New York Times column questioning the accuracy of the president's assertion that Iraq had tried to develop nuclear weapons.

In a brief comment, President Bush said he was saddened by the news, but praised Libby for his sacrifices and for working "tirelessly on behalf of the American people." He noted that Libby should be presumed innocent.

"I got a job to do and so do the people in the White House," Bush said, saying he would remain focused on key issues, including a Supreme Court appointment. He added that he would name his nominee "pretty soon."

- Sun Sentinel


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If you notice, Libby has NOT been charged with revealing Valerie Plame's identity as a cover agent. He is just charged with lying about it. This case is somewhat similiar with the Martha Stewart case were she was not tried for the crime just for lying about it. They don't even have enough proof that Libby leaked the name, because it had been leaked in a magazine several months earlier! It's not like Mr. Libby put Valerie Plame, her family, or this country in any danger either... The charges and the whole case, in my opinion, is stupid. But what do you guys think, do you think that
Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald has any evidence against Mr. Libby and most of all do you think that Lewis Libby will be found guilty of any of these charges?

2 Comments:

  • I heard about this case-that's really sad that he had to step down.

    By Blogger Sara, at 5:19 PM  

  • Yeah, it is. Libby is a nice guy with a family, he worked very hard to get to this position, spent years studying law and now ( even if he isn't found guilty) his reputation is ruined forever. It's tragic.

    By Blogger MVB, at 10:28 PM  

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