Since it was announced that Karl Rove escaped indictment, right-wing commentators have aggressively advocated a presidential pardon for Scooter Libby. Here is the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol yesterday on Fox:
[Fitzgerald] indicted one person, not for any underlying crime, but for allegedly mis-remembering a couple of conversations with reporters when talking about them to the grand jury — these were conversations that went nowhere. No one thinks Scooter Libby actually leaked Valerie Plame’s name, even if that were a crime, which is isn’t.
Bush should pardon Scooter Libby and get the whole thing over with…I am blaming Ashcroft for recusing himself. And the CIA was out to get people in the White House at that point. And Bush should pardon Scooter Libby.
Conservative pundit and attorney Joseph diGenova is trying to portray a pardon of Libby as standard operating procedure:
“I think ultimately, of course, there are going to be pardons,” said Joseph diGenova, a former prosecutor and an old Washington hand who shares that view with many pundits. “These are the kinds of cases in which historically presidents have given pardons.”
Scooter Libby is accused of blatantly lying, under oath, to a federal grand jury. Apparently, Kristol and diGenova do not believe that this kind of offense that is worthy of prosecution.
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