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Politico’s Simon: Libby Didn’t Commit A ‘Real Crime’

By Payson Schwin

"Politico’s Simon: Libby Didn’t Commit A ‘Real Crime’"

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Today on Meet the Press, Politico reporter Roger Simon called the case against Scooter Libby “a nutty trial that nobody except the people involved in it and the people covering it care about.” Simon said Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald indicted Libby merely because he “didn’t tell him the complete truth.”

Actually, Scooter Libby lied — under oath, to a federal grand jury. He is facing serious felony charges: obstruction of justice, making false statements to a grand jury, and perjury. But according to Simon, these aren’t “real crimes.”

Watch it:

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The American people know Libby stands accused of “real” crimes. An ABC News poll taken when Libby was indicted found that 70 percent of Americans considered the charges against Libby to be serious, and a majority of Americans believed the Libby indictment “indicates broader problems with ethical wrongdoing in the Bush Administration.”

Transcript:

SIMON: I also have to say this is a nutty trial that nobody except the people involved in it and the people covering it care about. Once again, we have a prosecutor who can’t get an indictment for the real crime — leaking the identity of a CIA agent. So he goes instead for the crime of, well, people didn’t tell him the complete truth when they talked to him. I mean, there’s no underlying crime here that anyone has been indicted for. This is just a show trial. And I’ve got to say, even if he’s convicted — and he may not be — but even if he is convicted, would any judge send to prison a guy named Scooter? He wouldn’t last 48 hours.

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