Breaking: President Bush to commute Libby’s sentence; Update: Fred celebrates! Update: “Disgraceful,” says Reid; Update: “Holy sh*t,” says Rosie! Update: Snap poll — Americans oppose 21/60; Update: Bush is an accessory, says Wilson Update: Video, Olbermann & Wilson rage

posted at 5:45 pm on July 2, 2007 by Bryan

John Gibson just announced it on The Big Story. Details to follow.

More: Earlier today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit refused to put Libby’s sentence on hold, meaning he would have had to go to jail while his appeal was ongoing.

Update (AP): I guess this is his way of splitting the difference between people who want Libby pardoned and people who think he should serve out the sentence prescribed by the judicial process. It should earn him a point or two with the base after the shamnesty debacle.

Update (AP): Splittin’ the difference:

“My decision to commute his prison sentence leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby,” Bush said in a statement. “The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant, and private citizen will be long-lasting.”

The president’s action means that Libby’s conviction still stands and he is still required to pay the $250,000 fine ordered by a federal judge.

Update (AP): Rush appealed for a pardon this afternoon. No doubt this will be played by advocates of the Fairness Doctrine as Bush having done talk radio’s bidding.

Update (AP): Here’s Bush’s full statement. “Mr. Fitzgerald is a highly qualified, professional prosecutor who carried out his responsibilities as charged.”

Update (AP): Reaction:

“As Independence Day nears, we’re reminded that one of the principles our forefathers fought for was equal justice under the law. This commutation completely tramples on that principle,” Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said through a spokesman.

Libby’s supporters celebrated.

“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.”

Update (AP): More reaction — from Fred: “I am very happy for Scooter Libby. I know that this is a great relief to him, his wife and children. While for a long time I have urged a pardon for Scooter, I respect the President’s decision. This will allow a good American, who has done a lot for his country, to resume his life.”

Update (AP): “I don’t underrate the seriousness of perjury, but in sentencing, or using the pardon power, you consider mitigating factors. Unlike the Paula Jones case, no individual litigant was harmed by obstruction of the discovery process. And unlike the Sandy Berger case, there was no successful coverup.”

Update (AP): Stories like this are so transparently partisan that it’s almost not worth covering the reaction.

Senator Harry Reid, Democratic Majority Leader, called the commutation ‘disgraceful.’

“The President’s decision to commute Mr. Libby’s sentence is disgraceful. Libby’s conviction was the one faint glimmer of accountability for White House efforts to manipulate intelligence and silence critics of the Iraq War. Now, even that small bit of justice has been undone,” Reid said in a statement. “The Constitution gives President Bush the power to commute sentences, but history will judge him harshly for using that power to benefit his own Vice President’s Chief of Staff who was convicted of such a serious violation of law.”

Update (AP): More from Raw Story — the Wilsons’ lawyer, who doubles as the head of CREW, is none too pleased.

Melanie Sloan, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, who is representing the Plame and her husband Ambassador Joe Wilson in a civil suit against Libby and other top Bush administration officials, slammed the decision on behalf of the Wilsons.

“First, President Bush said any person who leaked would no longer work in his administration. Nonetheless, Scooter Libby didn’t leave office until he was indicted and Karl Rove works in the White House even today,” Sloan said in a statement sent to RAW STORY. “More recently, the vice president ignored an executive order protecting classified information, claiming he isn’t really part of the executive branch. Clearly, this is an administration that believes leaking classified information for political ends is justified and that the law is what applies to other people.”

Update (AP): CNN compares Bush’s record on pardons and commutations to the last 10 presidents’. Plus: reaction round-up, featuring Joe Biden calling on Americans to flood the White House phone lines the way amnesty opponents did in sinking the POS immigration bill!

Update (AP): Now we know for sure it was a bad decision.

THE GUYS IN CHARGE R CRIMINALS
IMPEACH CHENEY THEN BUSH
ASAP

Update (AP): Filled with heart-ache is the NYT.

Update (AP): Survey USA has already conducted a snap poll. The White House won’t like the results.

Update (AP): “The jury said Scooter Libby did the crime. He should do the time.”

Update (AP): Holy Joe Wilson speaks!

In an interview with ABC News Radio, Joseph Wilson said Bush’s commutation of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s prison term demonstrates that “this administration is corrupt to the core – from top to bottom.”…

In commuting part of Libby’s sentence, Wilson says, President Bush is complicit in Libby’s crimes.

“He is an accessory to the obstruction of justice in this commutation of the sentence,” Wilson told ABC News. “He, himself, is now under a cloud.”

Update (Bryan): Courtesy Ms Underestimated, here’s a meeting of the addled minds. Keith Olbermann and Joe Wilson discuss the Libby pardon. You get it all, from Wilson’s loopy lies to Olby’s wacky conspiracy theories. It’s just what you expect, which makes it perfect. Perfectly insane, but perfect.

Update (AP): WaPo reports that Bush’s friends and most aides were told not to bug him about Libby. Why? “The White House’s handling of the Libby case appears to have been designed to make it possible for Bush to say he was not the subject of undue political pressure in the same manner that President Bill Clinton was lobbied to make controversial pardons in the final days of his administration.”


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Now he needs to pardon those Border Patrol Agents who were doing their jobs.

PBoilermaker on July 2, 2007 at 5:47 PM

Great news! This is the first thing in some time that I am happy with President Bush on.

bopbottle on July 2, 2007 at 5:47 PM

I can hear Kos going apesh1t right now.

Thomas the Wraith on July 2, 2007 at 5:47 PM

I love this because it will piss off liberals.

triple on July 2, 2007 at 5:48 PM

OK, he gets a gold star for today.Cannot wit to thear the whining from the moonbats on this.

bbz123 on July 2, 2007 at 5:48 PM

So when do we get to hear about Sandy Burglar commuting over to the polygraph room?

fusionaddict on July 2, 2007 at 5:48 PM

Well well. This ought to be interesting…the left can’t complain about it because of Sandy’s little escapades with classified documents…

Or so it would seem.

Bob's Kid on July 2, 2007 at 5:49 PM

Weak…he still left Scooter hanging.

PBoilermaker on July 2, 2007 at 5:50 PM

Good Move on the President’s part.
Would have had to deal with the dishonest press if he had pardoned him outright. Commuting the sentence makes good sense, I think, ‘politically’.
I hope it’s true.
Libby Need Not spend one more moment of time worrying about this Non-case of Plamegate.

bridgetown on July 2, 2007 at 5:52 PM

PBoilermaker on July 2, 2007 at 5:50 PM

No, it let’s Libby continue to fight the conviction on appeal, and play out the legal process. Bush pardons at the end of that process, should it turn out badly.

a4g on July 2, 2007 at 5:52 PM

Weak…he still left Scooter hanging.

PBoilermaker on July 2, 2007 at 5:50 PM

So he could continue to appeal. Full pardon would negate that.

Do you think Bush was giggling to Putin, “Watch me piss off the Dems, he he he.”

sunny on July 2, 2007 at 5:52 PM

I see your point.

PBoilermaker on July 2, 2007 at 5:53 PM

Great. Thrilling. So, when are Compean and Ramos going to get pardoned?

amerpundit on July 2, 2007 at 5:53 PM

What obstruction of justice? Bush wasn’t even man enough to give a full pardon.

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 5:54 PM

Well if Richard Armitage isn’t going to jail, then I don’t see why Scooter Libby should go to jail either.

SoulGlo on July 2, 2007 at 5:56 PM

About F****** Time. seems like a nice bonus from the little immigration debate we had. Playing nice to the base now are we? Let’s get the border patrol agents out too. Shall we?

unseen on July 2, 2007 at 5:58 PM

Commuting the sentence makes good sense, I think, ‘politically’.

I don’t agree. Libby deserves a full pardon. This wasn’t a crime, it was a rogue prosecutor grasping at straws.

Bush is trying to just straddle the line again, and instead he’s going to anger everybody and satisfy nobody. Sure, commuting the sentence is going to anger liberals, but it should also anger conservatives because it doesn’t go far enough. Libby is still technically a “convicted felon” except now he won’t go to jail. (Unless I’m understanding this wrong.) He deserves a pardon. Bush in 2002 would have had no qualms about issuing one.

e-pirate on July 2, 2007 at 5:58 PM

SoulGlo on July 2, 2007 at 5:56 PM

So because one person doesn’t go to jail another person (convicted of a completely separate crime – obstruction of justice and perjury to cover up a leak from the CIA) shouldn’t either? Logic just went out the window!

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 5:58 PM

Exploding moonbat heads for the Fourth of July!

RedWinged Blackbird on July 2, 2007 at 6:00 PM

Good news! Hope he throws one to the border guys, just to shake things up a bit.

Kevin M on July 2, 2007 at 6:01 PM

RedWinged Blackbird on July 2, 2007 at 6:00 PM

Question for you: should obstruction of justice even be a crime?

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 6:01 PM

Very good news indeed!
I am happy for Scooter and his family.
A pardon would be more in order but hey I’m sure Scooter will take it.

Oh the nutroots will be absolutely CRUSHED.

186k on July 2, 2007 at 6:03 PM

Hey, does this qualify as a death threat? The DUmmies are beside themselves. It’s great!

Kensington on July 2, 2007 at 6:03 PM

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 5:58 PM

You’re right. Libby should serve time – the same amount of time Sandy Berger served for hiding national intelligence from the 9/11 Commission about Clinton’s mishandling of terrorist plots.

amerpundit on July 2, 2007 at 6:03 PM

Too little to late, Georgie boy.

You created Fitzenstein, you can’t just “turn it off” when the towns-people come to kill it.

omnipotent on July 2, 2007 at 6:04 PM

amerpundit on July 2, 2007 at 6:03 PM

Red herring, ahoy!

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 6:04 PM

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 5:58 PM

We are putting people in jail that lied to a court. Yet we allow 12 million people to lie on documents all the time and don’t consider it a criminal offense enough to deport them. Logic my friend wnet out the window aloooooong time ago.

unseen on July 2, 2007 at 6:04 PM

Before the libs get their panties all twisted up they should refer to this…

http://www.usdoj.gov/pardon/clintonpardon_grants.htm

repvoter on July 2, 2007 at 6:05 PM

When Fred! calls Bush jumps!

sonnyspats1 on July 2, 2007 at 6:05 PM

Well if Richard Armitage isn’t going to jail, then I don’t see why Scooter Libby should go to jail either.

And then there’s the slap on the wrist Sandy the Burglar received. Just sayin.

fogw on July 2, 2007 at 6:05 PM

Now he needs to pardon those Border Patrol Agents who were doing their jobs.

PBoilermaker on July 2, 2007 at 5:47 PM

AMEN!

He must have been watching Hitchins on PMSNBC last week when Hitchins said Libby was convicted of a non-crime. Although I can’t help but think this is a ploy to mend fences with the base after he got his amnesty bill smacked down.

Brass Pair on July 2, 2007 at 6:06 PM

Oh, God, Keith is probably scribbling away feverishly at a Special Comment right now, crayon clutched in one paw, tongue wrapped all the way around his face with the effort.

Kensington on July 2, 2007 at 6:07 PM

I think Dubya did exactly the right thing. Now Libby can pursue his appeal in the courts with hope for a legal dismissal of the conviction to clear his name. If that doesn’t happen Dubya can pardon him and clear Libby’s record just before he leaves office.

O-Dub on July 2, 2007 at 6:07 PM

Kensington on July 2, 2007 at 6:03 PM

Only one seems to have any sense. Regarding impeaching Bush:

42. For what?? It SUCKS, but it’s within his rights. He only commuted the JAIL portion of the sentence.

Not the fine, not the conviction itself, not the probation.

Scooter is still guilty, he just doesn’t have to go to jail. He didn’t pardon the guy.

It sucks, but it’s Presidential perogative.

amerpundit on July 2, 2007 at 6:08 PM

unseen on July 2, 2007 at 5:58 PM

That’s about right.

But Bush, too little, too late.

We still have the border issue.

right2bright on July 2, 2007 at 6:08 PM

From a nutroot at the DU link above:

“This is the beginning of the end of something, don’t quite know what but things are going to
explode in our corner of the world and, as we who follow public opinion know, DU is pretty
mainstream (at least on elections and voting rights issues, Iraq, the environment).

This will be one of the most intense and productive periods in American history.”

DU thinks it’s mainstream?? That says it all right there.

PBoilermaker on July 2, 2007 at 6:09 PM

Lottery time, because

What obstruction of justice? Bush wasn’t even man enough to give a full pardon.

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 5:54 PM

Nonfactor and I agree.

Solamente un huevo…

I’ll make a bet that the libs’ heads will explode more over this than the London/Glasgow terror attacks, the discovery of those beheaded children in Iraq (by Al Quaida), and the new ‘anti-imperialism’ axis among Iran/Venezuela.

Entelechy on July 2, 2007 at 6:09 PM

unseen on July 2, 2007 at 6:04 PM

Red.

repvoter on July 2, 2007 at 6:05 PM

Herring.

fogw on July 2, 2007 at 6:05 PM

x2

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 6:09 PM

Oh, wait. There’s a second person there with an ounce of sanity:

51. I hate to say it: it’s not an impeachable offense

The Constitution gives the right to the president to pardon/commute the sentence of anyone he damn well pleases: murderers, drug cartel kingpins, perjurers, etc. So charges of high crimes and misdemeanors would not fly here.

It’s a huge political negative for him, however. Not that he cares. How much lower could he go, anyway. I totally expected this: just not so soon.

amerpundit on July 2, 2007 at 6:10 PM

So because one person doesn’t go to jail another person (convicted of a completely separate crime – obstruction of justice and perjury to cover up a leak from the CIA) shouldn’t either? Logic just went out the window!

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 5:58 PM

You say completely separate, but the two are completely related.

It was known from the beginning that he was the “leaker” and yet Libby was still brought into court. There was no reason to even do that in the first place, especially when Fitz already knew the guy who supposedly committed the big crime.

When a killer confesses, there’s no longer any reason to start interviewing people to find out who the killer is, and if you do decide to keep investigating the trial after you’ve already got a confession, how can you then claim justice is obstructed when a witness (who isn’t even necessary due to the convictions) claims he can’t remember something you’re sure he does remember?

And don’t kid yourself. The only reason Libby was found guilty is because of the initial “leak.”

Esthier on July 2, 2007 at 6:10 PM

repvoter on July 2, 2007 at 6:05 PM

What a great link.

right2bright on July 2, 2007 at 6:10 PM

Entelechy on July 2, 2007 at 6:09 PM

Red herring.

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 6:10 PM

This will be one of the most intense and productive periods in American history

I concur with the dude or dudette from DU, except it will not go in his/her favor.

Entelechy on July 2, 2007 at 6:10 PM

This never should have gotten this far.

oakpack on July 2, 2007 at 6:10 PM

A MESSNBC’s Olby’s head should have just exploded.(at least I can hope)

xplodeit on July 2, 2007 at 6:11 PM

Question for you: should obstruction of justice even be a crime?

Yes, and Patrick Fitzgerald should be punished for it.

RedWinged Blackbird on July 2, 2007 at 6:11 PM

I agree with e-pirate. Libby will have to pay around a million and half in legal fees and fines. Plus he is still on probation.

I really think the blogosphere should band together for a fundraiser for his legal fees. After all the hate he has endured from the left, he deserves some right wing love.

Rightwingsparkle on July 2, 2007 at 6:11 PM

Nonfactor, in communism they had Lening pictures on all our school walls with “Learn, learn, learn” on them. Us kids used to say “that Lenin Nonfactor must be a studderer”.

Entelechy on July 2, 2007 at 6:12 PM

amerpundit on July 2, 2007 at 6:08 PM

Oh, geez, some of these guys are completely deranged! One of them is using this to voice his fears that Bush is about to declare martial law and eliminate Congress.

Not that it wouldn’t be a good idea if it got some of these guys back into the mental houses they need…

Kensington on July 2, 2007 at 6:12 PM

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 5:58 PM

A nonfactor, indeed.

Pablo on July 2, 2007 at 6:13 PM

I’m glad Libby won’t be doing any time, but Bush doesn’t deserve any credit. This is just more of the same half-a**ed crap he’s been doing his entire second term. Everything he does is in half measures and he’s got no backbone at all. If Bush gives him a full pardon when he’s walking out the door, great. But as it is now, Bush is just treading water as usual.

forged rite on July 2, 2007 at 6:13 PM

You know who I feel sorry for? The word “Mister”. Olberdouche is going to overuse it so much tonight…

Kensington on July 2, 2007 at 6:14 PM

It was known from the beginning that he was the “leaker” and yet Libby was still brought into court. There was no reason to even do that in the first place, especially when Fitz already knew the guy who supposedly committed the big crime.

Doesn’t matter so long as the guy lied to government officials to obstruct justice and then lied to the grand jury. It’s still a crime regardless of who leaked or who didn’t. And I’m not arguing that Bush can’t do this, I’m simply commenting on his blatant disregard for the law (and unmanliness in not granting Libby a full pardon).

When a killer confesses…

The difference here is that there could be more than one leaker and so long as that option is there Fitzgerald was well within his duty to investigate. It’s nobody’s fault but Scooter’s that he lied and obstructed justice.

Reading the responses to this thread you would guess that nobody here is a real conservative (obstruction of justice isn’t a real crime, money wasted in the court system, etc.)

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 6:14 PM

Rush runs America. You know it. I know it.

reppac122 on July 2, 2007 at 6:14 PM

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 6:04 PM

Uh-huh. No response on Berger, and how he got off with hiding national intelligence from a non-partisan commission investigating the worst terrorist attack in history, while Libby gets 30 months for allegedly lying in an investigation leading to no further prosecutions?

How about the fact that Berger was the National Security Advisor to the President of the United States, while Libby was the VP’s Chief of Staff?

amerpundit on July 2, 2007 at 6:14 PM

DU thinks it’s mainstream?? That says it all right there.

PBoilermaker on July 2, 2007 at 6:09 PM

Look, what the left doesn’t want to admit is if the President would have beat the living hell out of the insurgency, played with the gloves off his numbers would be way through the room. If he would have ordered the death of Mookie he’d be way over the 50% approval mark (until Amnesty).

Now, if he take Dinnerjacket, pulls his pants down and rams a pipe up his a** his poll numbers would increase dramatically.

But I’m not holding my breath.

Editor on July 2, 2007 at 6:15 PM

You know who won’t be angry at this decision? Joe Wilson.

Because now he gets to add another angry chapter to his book. And Krazy Keith will undoubtably have him on the show three times this week, which means more free publicity.

e-pirate on July 2, 2007 at 6:15 PM

amerpundit on July 2, 2007 at 6:14 PM

Red herring. Look it up, seriously. It’s under the “logical fallacy” category. You’re overusing it.

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 6:16 PM

Entelechy on July 2, 2007 at 6:12 PM

Great.

Nonfactor, we all remember Marc Rich…bless his little heart.

Oh, I forgot, any mention of history is a RED HERRING to you.

right2bright on July 2, 2007 at 6:16 PM

Fitzgerald and Nifong are from the same school of law. What does the law have to do with a prosecution. Thompson was asked if he would pardon Libby. His reply, “Without a doubt.”

volsense on July 2, 2007 at 6:17 PM

Correction – of course that was Lenin – for Nonfactor.

Entelechy on July 2, 2007 at 6:17 PM

Heh, you wanna see angry moonbats, I found a cave full of them.

Bad Candy on July 2, 2007 at 6:17 PM

Here‘s my favorite DUmmie comment so far:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kensington on July 2, 2007 at 6:18 PM

So…for anyone interested in helping:

Libby’s defense fund.

Rightwingsparkle on July 2, 2007 at 6:18 PM

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 6:16 PM

How dare I bring up history, and the double standards by Democrats! How dare I point out that you guys were fine with a Democrat getting off, but not a Republican. Seriously, why do you hang around here?

amerpundit on July 2, 2007 at 6:19 PM

Heh, you wanna see angry moonbats, I found a cave full of them.

Bad Candy on July 2, 2007 at 6:17 PM

Heh. Can we please have a moratorium on the “X. Just X” brand of commentary. All it reveals is that the poster has nothing worthwhile to add to the discussion.

Drives me up the wall…

Kensington on July 2, 2007 at 6:20 PM

Commuting the sentence makes good sense, I think, ‘politically’.
I don’t agree. Libby deserves a full pardon. This wasn’t a crime, it was a rogue prosecutor grasping at straws.
Bush is trying to just straddle the line again, and instead he’s going to anger everybody and satisfy nobody. Sure, commuting the sentence is going to anger liberals, but it should also anger conservatives because it doesn’t go far enough. Libby is still technically a “convicted felon” except now he won’t go to jail. (Unless I’m understanding this wrong.) He deserves a pardon. Bush in 2002 would have had no qualms about issuing one.

e-pirate on July 2, 2007 at 5:58 PM

Yes, he does deserve a full pardon, I agree.
Perhaps this will come at the end of his term? Would it make a diff? I’ve no idea.
What needs to happen is the Media needs to be Honest about this whole charade and clear things up. Journalism Degrees need stricter standards. As do the degrees that allow people to educate the children. Sheesh, I’m at a loss. Seems the entire system needs an overhaul.
Too many loopholes in the legal system…as we watched this happen to Scooter Libby. I should think before I comment. ha..Sorry for the mindless rambling…

bridgetown on July 2, 2007 at 6:20 PM

don’t feed the troll…

sunny on July 2, 2007 at 6:20 PM

Hey Nonfactor, should we see Armitage charged for actually revealing Plame’s name. Interesting how you Lefties squeal about Scooter and tear away at your own flesh in self righteous anger, but are dead silent when it comes to THE GUY WHO ACTUALLY DID IT!

Bad Candy on July 2, 2007 at 6:20 PM

It’s time for Mr. Bush to lead again – reinvigorate the pair, though. This congress is without any steel and someone needs to be in charge.

Entelechy on July 2, 2007 at 6:21 PM

amerpundit on July 2, 2007 at 6:19 PM

Did you look up “red herring” yet? And what did we learn?

Bad Candy on July 2, 2007 at 6:20 PM

The applies to you too, and I already addressed that above.

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 6:21 PM

It should have been a complete pardon.

Another weak show by GB

investwize999 on July 2, 2007 at 6:22 PM

Apparently the very mention of history is a red herring to Nonfactor. It’s like: Concentrate on Republicans, pay no attention to our own massive corruption. Just keep looking at the Republican.

amerpundit on July 2, 2007 at 6:22 PM

Bush can still issue a pardon later.

Labamigo on July 2, 2007 at 6:22 PM

Reading the responses to this thread you would guess that nobody here is a real conservative (obstruction of justice isn’t a real crime, money wasted in the court system, etc.)

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 6:14 PM

No one’s saying that obstruction of justice isn’t a real crime; however, Bill wasn’t impeached for the 100+ times he and the Mrs. said “I don’t know,” or “I can’t recall.”

He was impeached for his outright lies, the ones he didn’t blame on a faulty memory.

He was impeached for trying to get someone else to commit perjury on his behalf.

This is an apples and oranges kind of issue. Had Clinton been impeached for his “bad memory,” I can’t say I would have been all too thrilled.

And I’m not arguing that Bush can’t do this

I didn’t assume you were.

(and unmanliness in not granting Libby a full pardon)

On this we completely agree.

The difference here is that there could be more than one leaker and so long as that option is there Fitzgerald was well within his duty to investigate. It’s nobody’s fault but Scooter’s that he lied and obstructed justice.

Why was it his duty to continue to investigate it when he had already decided that the leaker(s) were not going to be punished anyway?

Years before Libby’s “bad memory” got him convicted of perjury, Fitz already knew who “leaked” and already knew he was going to do nothing to the “leaker.” So why continue to look for one? Did he just want to have a heart to heart with the guy/gal?

And if so, is justice really being served by a heart to heart?

Esthier on July 2, 2007 at 6:22 PM

Doesn’t matter so long as the guy lied to government officials to obstruct justice…

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 6:14 PM

We’ll agree again, if you agree the same about Bill Clinton, and also same’s right to pardon anyone he pleased.

Entelechy on July 2, 2007 at 6:23 PM

Actually, in spite of the crazy, that Fark thread‘s got some funny photoshops.

Kensington on July 2, 2007 at 6:23 PM

If you were at all consistent you and the rest of the leftist vermin would be screaming for Armitage’s head too, but you don’t.

I know, Red Herring. Everything is a f*cking Red Herring.

amerpundit on July 2, 2007 at 6:19 PM

Did you look up “red herring” yet? And what did we learn?

Bad Candy on July 2, 2007 at 6:20 PM

The applies to you too, and I already addressed that above.

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 6:21 PM

Red Herring.

Bad Candy on July 2, 2007 at 6:24 PM

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 6:21 PM

I’ve looked up doublestandardmoonbatwithdbs. Good picture of you. I’m mentioning how similar cases were handled in the past, and the punishment others received for similar alleged crimes, and how it’s different this time. You yell “Red Herring”.

amerpundit on July 2, 2007 at 6:24 PM

I’m thinking the left is going to have a hard time with this (Sarcasm on big time).

Let’s see, he’s not facing any jail time but he has to pay a fine????

I’m sorry, Bush got his Amnesty bill in a small way today!!!!

I’m going to laugh soooo very hard watching these people on the Left saying, “How wrong is this…Wow, Bush let a criminal go free”.

Bring it on, I’m loving the hypocrisy beginning from the left already??? I can hear it coming now!!!

HarryStar on July 2, 2007 at 6:25 PM

Poor Bush doesn’t want the libs to be mad at him – hence the nasty attack on Libby at the same time as he commuted the prison part of his sentence.

So, Bush is just reminding us that Libby loses his entire livelihood, so the libs shouldn’t be mad at poor, persecuted Bush. I would have been more impressed with the commute without the jab.

TwoCents on July 2, 2007 at 6:26 PM

Whoa…everything just went red.

PBoilermaker on July 2, 2007 at 6:28 PM

You guys are worthless and weak

tomas on July 2, 2007 at 6:28 PM

Can’t wait for Fred!’s take on this!

Entelechy on July 2, 2007 at 6:28 PM

Good for Bush. I think Scooter got a raw deal and even though he’ll carry the baggage, he wont spend any time away from his family.

O/T….Well, this is bad news for freddie boy. This was a huge issue that the groupies used to PROVE fred? the faker was the real thing. Now Bush has taken that away.

Oh my oh my! What will fred? do now? Perhaps he will climb on the border agent bandwagon, or perhaps he’ll hide behind his kids again? Maybe he wont announce on the forth so he can find another issue to froth up the fredheads?

csdeven on July 2, 2007 at 6:29 PM

Okaaaaay, Mr. President. I have removed my Bush bumper sticker from my truck, but your shrine can still stay up, for now. Week-to-week terms, ya understand!

RushBaby on July 2, 2007 at 6:29 PM

Thank GOD Mr. Libby will not have to serve. It would have been painful to watch such an upstanding citizen suffer through jail like that. Three cheers for executive privilege!

congsan on July 2, 2007 at 6:29 PM

Well, it is a start, a step in the right direction. A 2% recovery for the President on the LegendHasIt opinion meter.

LegendHasIt on July 2, 2007 at 6:30 PM

tomas on July 2, 2007 at 6:28 PM

Yes, it’s good to be around one’s breed once in a while, isn’t it Tomas. I assume that’s why you come around, right?

amerpundit on July 2, 2007 at 6:30 PM

Buy more lottery tickets – my comment got sandwitched btw. tomas and csdeven. Must be a good sign, heh.

Entelechy on July 2, 2007 at 6:30 PM

Ahhhh. I see Bryan has found a statement from fred?. How clever of him to remind everyone that it was his idea to pardon Scooter.

csdeven on July 2, 2007 at 6:31 PM

congsan on July 2, 2007 at 6:29 PM

I know! Jails should only be for violent offenders, and those without families or $1000 suits.

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 6:32 PM

That is not good enough.
I think it would be ironic if the Dems move to impeach Bush and we keep our silence!

TheSitRep on July 2, 2007 at 6:32 PM

csdeven on July 2, 2007 at 6:31 PM

Now, now. He’ll shortly post video of all of the Republican candidates saying Libby should’ve been pardoned weeks ago.

amerpundit on July 2, 2007 at 6:33 PM

Is Irving Libby an Illegal Alien? Must be!

DfDeportation on July 2, 2007 at 6:34 PM

I know! Jails should only be for violent offenders, and those without families or $1000 suits.

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 6:32 PM

Red Herring! Oh, sorry. NFS.

amerpundit on July 2, 2007 at 6:34 PM

I know! Jails should only be for violent offenders, and those without families or $1000 suits.

Nonfactor on July 2, 2007 at 6:32 PM

RED HERRING! WHEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Its Nonfactor rules! Everything is a Red Herring! EVERYHTHING!

Bad Candy on July 2, 2007 at 6:35 PM

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