Behind the scenes of the most famous pardon that never was

posted at 10:11 am on July 23, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The saga of Scooter Libby continues with an in-depth report from Time on the final hours of the George Bush administration and Dick Cheney’s desperate attempt to get clemency for his former aide.  Cheney “really got in the President’s face” like never before, according to one source close to Bush, but to no avail. By that time Bush had already been burned on one pardon — and for the president, the issue came down to one question:

On the Sunday before he left office, Bush invited Sharp to the executive mansion for a farewell cigar.

While packing boxes in the upstairs residence, according to his associates, Bush noted that he was again under pressure from Cheney to pardon Libby. He characterized Cheney as a friend and a good Vice President but said his pardon request had little internal support. If the presidential staff were polled, the result would be 100 to 1 against a pardon, Bush joked. Then he turned to Sharp. “What’s the bottom line here? Did this guy lie or not?”

The lawyer, who had followed the case very closely, replied affirmatively.

Bush indicated that he had already come to that conclusion too.

“O.K., that’s it,” Bush said.

The article is well worth the read.  It describes the kind of inside-baseball that we all know exists in Washington and in every administration, but usually doesn’t get revealed until the next administration takes its place.  It has no hint of illegal or even unethical behavior, but instead just the tactics of people who play to win in politics.  It also dispels the notion that Bush was Cheney’s hand-puppet, as it makes plain that Bush played the same level of politics, and with the same talent.

On the issue of Libby and the pardon, that actually underscores the effort both men gave in pursuit of their values.  For Cheney, the issue was loyalty and a sense of unfairness over the targeting of Libby in the Plame investigation.  For Bush, as the passage above notes, the issue was maintaining the integrity of public service.  He clearly sympathized with Libby’s plight, as he showed in commuting the sentence, but Bush could not bring himself to ignore that Libby lied to investigators and under oath.

Bush stuck to his view of justice and integrity, and in the end, I believe he made the right call for the right reasons.

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Bush could have been a great president if only he hadn’t spent our $ like a drunken sailor.

jgapinoy on July 23, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Bush stuck to his view of justice and integrity…

Sure miss justice and integrity with the clown we have now.

jbh45 on July 23, 2009 at 10:15 AM

TIME creating a distraction from Obama.

That’s all it is.

fogw on July 23, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Bush stuck to his view of justice and integrity, and in the end, I believe he made the right call for the right reasons.

I highly doubt that will be said when Bozo leaves office in 2013.

txag92 on July 23, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Bush could have been a great president if only he hadn’t spent our $ like a drunken sailor.

jgapinoy on July 23, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Bush lacked the soul of a fighter on the domestic front and had too much faith in the ability of the moderate mushy middle to sift through donk B$….

wanna know why we have Barry?

Bush the younger lacked the will to hit the media back.

sven10077 on July 23, 2009 at 10:17 AM

zzzzzzzz

bridgetown on July 23, 2009 at 10:17 AM

The whole Libby affair was an ugly political mess, no matter how it was sliced.

The entire ‘investigation’ was a sham….a non-issue that should have been thrown in the Plames’ faces and ridiculed.

But the temptation to uncover scandal and hurt the Bush admin was too much to resist. Libby got caught out in the crossfire.

If he lied, he lied. Will we ever know the truth? He shouldn’t have been put in that position in the first place.

I do have sympathy for him.

LimeyGeek on July 23, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Bush could have been a great president if only he hadn’t spent our $ like a drunken sailor.

jgapinoy on July 23, 2009 at 10:14 AM

He had a lot of help within his own party when it came to spending.

The spending is what got him the other, good, parts of his agenda.

I don’t give him a pass on the spending, but cannot think of any one who could have done a better job during a tough time.

cozmo on July 23, 2009 at 10:19 AM

TIME creating a distraction from Obama.

That’s all it is.

fogw on July 23, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Then you keep your eye on the ball while we read a fascinating article.

Thanks for staying vigilant!

YYZ on July 23, 2009 at 10:19 AM

I was fine with Libby not getting a pardon. I thought the commutation of the sentence was fair.

But I don’t care for the casting of Cheney as the one pumping for loyalty and Bush soley pumping for integrity.

Bush did so many pointless and damaging things for loyalty over his eight years in office and Cheney did a whole lot of things based on integrity.

myrenovations on July 23, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Can anyone imagine the corrupt and incompetent clown act we have in the White House making a decision based on anything other than political calculation?

NoDonkey on July 23, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Bush stuck to his view of justice and integrity, and in the end, I believe he made the right call for the right reasons.

He usually did.

The only thing I regret about GWB is that he would not fight. He would not turn Cheney loose to fight.

If his Administration had played ball half as hard as the left claims it did, we would have a much better country today.

I miss him.
__________

RJGatorEsq. on July 23, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Bush could have been a great president if only he hadn’t spent our $ like a drunken sailor.

jgapinoy on July 23, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Amen.

BadgerHawk on July 23, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Then you keep your eye on the ball while we read a fascinating article.

Thanks for staying vigilant!

YYZ on July 23, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Even the editors of Time would have a chuckle over the idea that someone found something in their magazine “fascinating”.

myrenovations on July 23, 2009 at 10:22 AM

I think Bush got it right. Libby was being incorrectly screwed over, but he also screwed up under questioning. The two things are not incompatible.

exception on July 23, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Can’t wait to see the new outbreak of BDS that shows up in the Time comments section after this article (or, in the pages of the next issue of Newsweek).

jon1979 on July 23, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Ogabe is going to brush-up on whether he can pardon himself.

Bishop on July 23, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Bush lacked the soul of a fighter on the domestic front and had too much faith in the ability of the moderate mushy middle to sift through donk B$….

wanna know why we have Barry?

Bush the younger lacked the will to hit the media back.

sven10077 on July 23, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Very Very well said.

jake-the-goose on July 23, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Bush stuck to his view of justice and integrity, and in the end, I believe he made the right call for the right reasons

.

Fair enough but innocence is not necessarily a requirement to get a pardon. I have problems with Libby taking the fall for lying when the whole investigation was unnecessary since it was already known that Armitage did the leaking.

highhopes on July 23, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Of course Libby should have been pardoned. The Plame investigation was a “witch hunt” to end all witch hunts. The only thing that should have come out of it was the disbarment of Fitz for malpractice.

duff65 on July 23, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Then you keep your eye on the ball while we read a fascinating article.

Thanks for staying vigilant!

YYZ on July 23, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Read away dildo. I’m keeping my eye on the filthy liar who is destroying our country and won’t find myself distracted by old news drummed up by TIME magazine.

fogw on July 23, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Even the editors of Time would have a chuckle over the idea that someone found something in their magazine “fascinating”.

myrenovations on July 23, 2009 at 10:22 AM

What can I say. I like those kinds of articles.

YYZ on July 23, 2009 at 10:28 AM

I miss having a President who isn’t a Communist.

Jeff from WI on July 23, 2009 at 10:31 AM

I don’t like the ending, in particular.

and the interspersed links to jabs at Bush. Can anyone think of an article about Obama which would have a “ten Obama youtube moments”?

Phoenician on July 23, 2009 at 10:32 AM

I just wish Fitzgerald show the same fervor he displayed in pursuing Libby, to investigation of obama’s connections to Rezko, Blago and other characters, as well as obama’s campaign finances.

runner on July 23, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Look! BOOOOOOSH!

SouthernGent on July 23, 2009 at 10:36 AM

I just wish Fitzgerald show the same fervor he displayed in pursuing Libby, to investigation of obama’s connections to Rezko, Blago and other characters, as well as obama’s campaign finances.

runner on July 23, 2009 at 10:33 AM

When and if the filthy liar leaves the White House, it will be interesting to see how many criminals from Chicago are given full pardons by this rat bastard traitor.

highhopes on July 23, 2009 at 10:37 AM

I don’t like the ending, in particular.

and the interspersed links to jabs at Bush. Can anyone think of an article about Obama which would have a “ten Obama youtube moments”?

Phoenician on July 23, 2009 at 10:32 AM

That’s probably what makes it fascinating.

myrenovations on July 23, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Bush is a big-government progressive with conservative leanings. While I’m not sorry I voted for him given the alternatives, I won’t ever vote that way again. Run a conservative or FU, Republicans, I’m staying home. Bush thought he was principled in his dealing with Libby; I think he was gutless. That gutlessness in dealing with Democrats will be his legacy at least equal to his dealing with 9/11.

SKYFOX on July 23, 2009 at 10:38 AM

I’ve always wondered and have never been able to find the answer to my question. What was/were the lie/lies that Libby told or is that classified?

Herb on July 23, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Bush could have been a great president if only he hadn’t spent our $ like a drunken sailor.

jgapinoy on July 23, 2009 at 10:14 AM

+1000. He was better than the liberals painted him to be, but he could have been truly great were it not for his spending.

Caiwyn on July 23, 2009 at 10:39 AM

TIME creating a distraction from Obama.

That’s all it is.

fogw on July 23, 2009 at 10:16 AM

This should be a ‘slow news week’ article, and this is not one of those. This article should come out when Congress goes on break not while they are trying to give us a ton of crap we don’t wont.

thomasaur on July 23, 2009 at 10:40 AM

All I know is that Bush garnered bi-partisan support for an unconstitutional bailout that should have NEVER been enacted. Then Bush promptly signed it into law and provided Obama with executive branch precedence to kick the door wide open for unfettered fraud, waste and abuse of public funds while simultaneously blaming Bush for the state of the economy at every turn. All else that Bush did or didn’t do is moot at this point. That’s his legacy. He turned the other modertae christian cheek, caved to the Fed and Treasury investment banker cabal while screwing America in the process.

Fletch54 on July 23, 2009 at 10:40 AM

I think Cheneys argument was more tied in with the fact that if it was Rove, Bushs chief of staff, that pardon would have been handed down immediately.

Which I believe wholeheartedly.

broker1 on July 23, 2009 at 10:42 AM

What was/were the lie/lies that Libby told or is that classified?

Herb on July 23, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Plame was supposedly a covert agent even though she was working at CIA HQ (a fact on her bio) and she hadn’t been in the field for years.

GWB may have had his reasons but the fact that Cheney was pushing this after loyally serving the administration for eight long years should have been reason enough for a pardon.

highhopes on July 23, 2009 at 10:42 AM

I wonder, does anyone really know why Bush went bad? Was it the constant lies against him?

tarpon on July 23, 2009 at 10:42 AM

I’ve always wondered and have never been able to find the answer to my question. What was/were the lie/lies that Libby told or is that classified?

Herb on July 23, 2009 at 10:38 AM

I think Libby was convicted because he said under oath that he had heard Plame’s name from Russert and then told that chick from the NYTimes Plame’s name. But Russert contended that he hadn’t told Libby the name and that Libby was the one who told him the name.

myrenovations on July 23, 2009 at 10:45 AM

I think Cheneys argument was more tied in with the fact that if it was Rove, Bushs chief of staff, that pardon would have been handed down immediately.

Which I believe wholeheartedly.

broker1 on July 23, 2009

Great point. It would have been interesting to see the extent of Bush’s “principles” then.

SKYFOX on July 23, 2009 at 10:45 AM

What did Libby lie about?

Hey, I’m just asking. Liberals believe Clinton was never impeached. They really do. I had a conversation with one of my dumber liberal co-workers who insisted that Clinton was not impeached. When I explained to her that, yes, Clinton was impeached, and as only the second president in history to ever be impeached, and that I was astounded that she didn’t know that fact, and then I explained how he wasn’t convicted by the Senate so he was not removed from office, but he was impeached for lying under oath in a court of law which is a crime called “perjury”, she said:

“He lied about getting a blow job. Big deal.”

Well, at least she admitted the lying part. Most liberals just think he was “attacked” only for the blow job part.

Jaynie59 on July 23, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Bush could have been a great president if only he hadn’t spent our $ like a drunken sailor. jgapinoy on July 23, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Drunken sailors spend their own money.

Akzed on July 23, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Jaynie59 on July 23, 2009

Don’t waste your time on liberals. You will probably not be able to talk them out of their liberal programming. If they come around at all, they will need honest reflection (not likely for liberals) or a road to Damascus moment. Work on convincing the independents and fence-sitters of your acquaintance. I think the odds are better there.

SKYFOX on July 23, 2009 at 10:54 AM

But I don’t care for the casting of Cheney as the one pumping for loyalty and Bush soley pumping for integrity.

And loyalty seemed pretty important to Bush when he nominated Harriet Meiers for the Supreme Court — not much integrity in that choice.

I think that Bush did very well in his first term (but not ‘great’). His second term sucked, and that’s what he’ll be remembered for.

rmgraha on July 23, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Chris Matthews will be slobbering over this tonight…

cmsinaz on July 23, 2009 at 10:56 AM

“Bush could have been a great president if only he hadn’t spent our $ like a drunken sailor.

jgapinoy on July 23, 2009 at 10:14 AM”

I agree completely. And I say that as a former drunken sailor.

Star20 on July 23, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Nice, Ed, that Time magazine is enough to persuade you. Above your pay grade, maybe.

BigD on July 23, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Question.

When President Bush was dropping fast in the polls, when the public was losing faith in his war on terror policies, when the Dems were saying Bush’s war was lost, when his own republicans were attacking him on his over-the-top spending – what did TIME magazine do in the midst of Bush’s problems?

1. Write an article rehashing the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal.

2. Pile on Bush.

See the difference?

fogw on July 23, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Bush the younger lacked the will to hit the media back.

Yes, and now the media are running amuck, usurping the rights that the Constitution affords only to the people, and ignoring the obligations it puts on them.

MSM delenda est.

drunyan8315 on July 23, 2009 at 11:24 AM

I disagreed with Bush on many things, and the spending was one of them. That being said, his hands were tied somewhat with the Iraq war. In order to get funding with the Democratic congress, he had to cave on spending and pork. I know the Congress was Republican for most of his Presidency,but he was dealing with very difficult times.

sandee on July 23, 2009 at 11:25 AM

If Bush had responded to his critics, his fate would have been the same Palin’s. The media would have had a field day. Don’t forget Bush like Palin, didn’t have the support of the Republican party.

Bush spent too much? The media certainly convinced everyone that was true. How much would have been enough? Any of you know the answer to that?

As it was he kept his eye on the ball and let everything else roll off his back. He did an heroic job and deserves all of our thanks.

We won’t see his like again.

erp on July 23, 2009 at 11:25 AM

As was much discussed at the time of the trial coverage, the fact that Libby was grilled for so long and not allowed to refer to notes or any other memory aid was important.

Talk on any subject for that many hours and an accidental self contradiction may show up in a transcript of the conversation.

That is an error in recall and not an intentional lie.

CommentGuy on July 23, 2009 at 11:26 AM

***
The “Scooter” Libby persecution was a miscarriage of justice. Libby was not the original “leaker”–another newsman and General Colin Powell knew the truth and kept silent.
***
Valery Plame was not an “undercover agent” of the CIA–she was a glorified office worker. The woman who set up the very tightly written law punishing leaking of undercover CIA agents made that very clear in her testimony. No crime of leaking could occur.
***
However, the “democrats” / liberals / socialists / statists / communists set up a PERJURY TRAP for Libby. Days of off the wall questions and recording of the answers during this WITCH HUNT yielded enough conflicting answers that he could be found guilty of a non-crime. President Bush should have pardoned him right off the bat.
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Remember the old gangster movies, the McCarthy hearings, or the Mafia court “testimony” if you are ever in court. Take the Fifth Amendment unless promised immunity in writing. Libby would have been O.K. if he had been as smart as the Godfather. Don Corleone knew his rights better than Scooter did.
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John Bibb
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rocketman on July 23, 2009 at 11:32 AM

After the debacle of 1994, I was convinced that Clinton was going to be a one term president.

Then the Republicans nominate Dole, because it was his “turn”.

Never forget the ability Republicans have to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

(At the time of his nomination, I commented to a friend that the Republicans had just managed to nominate the one man in America, who wouldn’t be able to defeat Clinton.)

MarkTheGreat on July 23, 2009 at 11:43 AM

“Run a conservative or FU, Republicans, I’m staying home.”

Yeah, Skyfox, we see how well that tactic is working out.

exhelodrvr on July 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM

After the debacle of 1994, I was convinced that Clinton was going to be a one term president.

Then the Republicans nominate Dole, because it was his “turn”.

The Republican Revolution saved Clinton’s hide (remember triangulation?) and – not to be too cynical – the Oklahoma City bombing reasserted his Presidentness.

YYZ on July 23, 2009 at 11:51 AM

This is def. smoke & mirrors by the lap-dog press.

Nevertheless, the Dems wanted to f**k W, and they played the Scooter trial to his sense of integrity. It was a show trial, completely designed to make the Bush Administration look corrupt.

IMO it was well played…dirty as hell but well played.

Give it time, though…they’ll get theirs.

bluelightbrigade on July 23, 2009 at 12:01 PM

the Oklahoma City bombing reasserted his Presidentness.

YYZ on July 23, 2009 at 11:51 AM

And the WACO bombing reasserted his gallactically stupid choice for AG.

fogw on July 23, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Joseph Wilson revealed information about the trip he took to Niger to the public without approval from the CIA before doing so.

Why was he not brought up on charges?

The fact that he was employed by the Saudis at the time and lied about the results of his trip certainly make a treason charge seem reasonable.

And as for Valerie Plame, does the CIA make no considerations of nepotism? Why was there not a full investigation into how the spouse of an analyst, who was working for a foreign power mind you, got sent on a mission for which he had no experience or training for?

18-1 on July 23, 2009 at 12:22 PM

He characterized Cheney as a friend and a good Vice President but said his pardon request had little internal support. If the presidential staff were polled, the result would be 100 to 1 against a pardon, Bush joked.

Sounds like Bush was more worried about himself and informal votes of his staff to excuse himself from a pardon. That’s despicable. The pardon gives a president the chance to see the forest, not just the trees. Legalism is a lame excuse to deny justice is today’s environment.

Libby was left twisting in the wind by Bush. He was left at the mercy of leftist liars and media. None of this should come as a surprise; it was just a magnitude greater than the betrayals of the first Bush.

The Bushes spent two generations giving people a choice between the shiv and death of a thousand cuts. Enough. No more Bushes; no more RINOs. Not with my vote.

Feedie on July 23, 2009 at 12:58 PM

I liked the President Bush of the first term, and voted for him twice. But the Pres. Bush of the second term was passive and unprincipled and a terrible disappointment. Rocketman above said the whole Libby/Plame investigation was a perjury trap, and indeed it was, one that was substantially enabled by Bush’s passiveness. That he lacked the gumption to call it that and pardon Libby does not speak well of him, in my view.

I place “Libby’s scalp” on the same list of Bush 2nd Term Accomplishments that features, among other things: TARP, the auto bailouts and nuclear Iran.

james23 on July 23, 2009 at 1:02 PM

james23 on July 23, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Same here. Bush II did pay attention to his soldiers and inspired some affection, but there are larger issues — like misusing the military and committing them to open-ended conflict to re-make those countries in his own image. The soldiers and their families deserve better.

Among the most disgusting things he did was to try to sell out American sovereignty when he delayed a Texas execution. International commissions have no constitutional business here. Impeachment and treason come to mind.

Feedie on July 23, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Like I said once before, some members of the CIA (Plame) lied to congress during the Bush administration.

lwssdd on July 23, 2009 at 2:20 PM

TIME creating a distraction from Obama.

That’s all it is.

fogw on July 23, 2009 at 10:16 AM

They’ve sat on that one for six months. Maybe they just didn’t have anything else interesting to report this week;)

Laura in Maryland on July 23, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Bush stuck to his view of justice and integrity, and in the end, I believe he made the right call for the right reasons.

What I want to know is exactly what he lied about. Was it a deliberate lie in that we know for sure that Libby knowlingly disseminating false information or did Libby possibly misremember a conversation.

Ironically, if it is the later then Bush is letting Libby take the fall for the same spurious reasoning that Bush was castigated by the Left.

Bill C on July 23, 2009 at 2:44 PM

All I know is that Bush garnered bi-partisan support for an unconstitutional bailout that should have NEVER been enacted. Then Bush promptly signed it into law and provided Obama with executive branch precedence to kick the door wide open for unfettered fraud, waste and abuse of public funds while simultaneously blaming Bush for the state of the economy at every turn. All else that Bush did or didn’t do is moot at this point. That’s his legacy. He turned the other modertae christian cheek, caved to the Fed and Treasury investment banker cabal while screwing America in the process.

Fletch54 on July 23, 2009 at 10:40 AM

This is the reality of our world. But how could anyone have voted for Gore or Kerry? Bush sucked in many ways, was good in others. I think either of these two would have been worse than Bush (no way to prove it), and Obama is showing us why.

riverrat10k on July 23, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Yeah, Skyfox, we see how well that tactic is working out.

exhelodrvr on July 23, 2009

And we also saw how well letting the media pick our candidate worked out, didn’t we?

SKYFOX on July 23, 2009 at 3:10 PM

“He lied about getting a blow job. Big deal.”

Well, at least she admitted the lying part. Most liberals just think he was “attacked” only for the blow job part.

Jaynie59 on July 23, 2009 at 10:46 AM

You need to tell your clueless friend this true story.

During his first term, Clinton had his Justice Department successfully prosecute a female Federal employee. For the crime of lying about sex under oath.

She was not held to be above the law, but he was.

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2009 at 3:28 PM

how could anyone have voted for Gore or Kerry?

riverrat10k on July 23, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Believe it or not, I saw a car today that was still proudly displaying a Kerri-Silky bumper sticker from 5 years ago.

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Believe it or not, I saw a car today that was still proudly displaying a Kerri-Silky bumper sticker from 5 years ago.

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2009 at 3:29 PM

LMAO!

riverrat10k on July 23, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Hahaha!!! That is funny. I got some good laughs in 2005, because I kept seeing a Kerry sticker — on a super-sized, V8, 4WD SUV!

Feedie on July 23, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Bush the younger lacked the will to hit the media back.

sven10077 on July 23, 2009 at 10:17 AM

I found that to be very frustrating while he was president, especially concerning Iraq.

I didn’t know until last year that Saddam had 550 metric tons of yellow cake uranium ore stockpiled. Why? Oh, it was just leftovers say the Libtards. He could have sold the stuff and made some money with the IAEA’s blessings, but instead held on to it which is highly suspicious.

President Bush could also have made the case that going into Iraq did more than take out Saddam but also put a democracy smack dab in the Middle East and right next to both Syria and Iran…and they don’t like it. Throw Afghanistan in there and you have a very different geopolitical picture than you did pre 9-11.

Finally, without huge military presence in the Middle East there’d be tens of thousands more terrorists alive today and Al-Qaeda would be much more potent. Bush was right when he said “bring ‘em on!”. You have to fight these guys where they are, not where it’s more convenient.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 23, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Good job, Time. You managed to do a four-webpage article without once mentioning the fact that we know exactly who the leaker was, all the while falsely insinuating that Cheney did the lead. Hacks.

SD on July 23, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Either which way, every time Mary Matalin sends me a Libby Defense Fund solicitation letter, I dutifully send in a donation. I don’t think it is fair that he was hung out to dry in that mess, and was stuck with the legal bills. It is not fair on his family. For those who just think that this guy got hosed, google his defense fund and donate a litte. His bills are sky high.

Did he lie? I don’t know, but for him to take a hit because the unhinged left could not get to Bush and Cheney is the reason I donate to Libby’s fund. His family deserves better.

karenhasfreedom on July 23, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 23, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Maybe if he could have defined the mission better to us, he’d have defined it better to himself. Byron York was interviewed by Laura Ingraham (some months ago) and he related an interview with Bush in 2006 (or ’07?). He described a man at a loss about what to do.

Bush was in over his head and that’s the problem with political dynasties and self-anointed aristocracy.

Feedie on July 23, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Bush stuck to his view of justice and integrity, and in the end, I believe he made the right call for the right reasons.

BS written by a RINO about the decision of another RINO

bill30097 on July 23, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Bush could have been a great president if only he hadn’t spent our $ like a drunken sailor.
jgapinoy on July 23, 2

I’d prefer the spending of a drunken sailor to that of a sober community organizer

DSchoen on July 23, 2009 at 8:25 PM

As a Bush supporter, I was very, very disappointed that he did not pardon Libby.

Libby’s life was destroyed for what?

The wisest man that every lived once said “He who is without sin cast the first stone”…

Libby deserved a fresh start and a second chance, and I am sorry that in Bush’s faith he overlooked such an opportunity to show mercy.

djn on July 23, 2009 at 8:48 PM

I think Bush was a great President.

He stuck to the rule of law. Democrats are the ones that govern off of emotions and whims.

scotash on July 23, 2009 at 9:57 PM

Scooter Libby was a martyr for the Bush administration; he shouldn’t have been commuted, he should of been pardoned. If there was a crime committed, it was ostensibly committed by Richard Armitage or perhaps the VP himself.

Cr4sh Dummy on July 24, 2009 at 12:44 AM