Libby Scoots Free

Presidential crony, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, had been convicted of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators who were investigating the politically-motivated outing of CIA agent, Valerie Plame. Today the federal appeals court ruled that he could no longer delay surrender, meaning prison time for Libby.  In a matter of hours President Bush commuted his sentence, claiming that the 30-month sentence was "too harsh."  There is no legal recourse to overturn a presidential commutation.  This is the fourth time that Bush has commuted a sentence.

Is 30-months really too harsh a sentence for perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to federal investigators?

Out of the 152 people put to death in the state of Texas while Bush was governor there, did none of those sentences seem "too harsh"?

What other reason would President Bush have to step in and interrupt justice?  (It's always fun to play the conspiracy theorist, isn't it?)

Libby's convictions stem from the investigation into the leaking of classified information.  Specifically, the identity of Valerie Plame, a CIA operative, was made public, putting her life in danger and endangering national security.  It just so happens that Plame's husband, Joe Wilson, has publicly accused the Bush administration of having "twisted" the evidence used to justify the invasion of Iraq.  After months of denying anyone in the administration was behind the leak, Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage now claims that he outed Plame accidentally and that there was no political motivation behind it.  But Robert Novak, the reporter who first published Plame's identity, says that Karl Rove himself was his second source.

What other reason would President Bush have to step in and interrupt justice, other than to cover his own butt? Scooter Libby may be loyal to the president, but it remains to be seen how loyal he would have stayed if he had to go to jail for the administration.

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