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Friday, October 28, 2005

"Scooter" Libby Indicted,
Rove Slithers Through Net

How Karl Rove keeps out of jail is beyond me, but once again he has avoided indictment for now. He is still "under investigation" by the grand jury, but for now, he's a free man. Mr Cheney... well who thinks he'll ever get his due as long as the Shrub is in power? So, the good news is Scooter has been indicted, casting a shadow on the Bush administration, but not enough of one for me. We do know that Libby lied, perjuring himself and outing Valerie Wilson, a CIA agent.

I guess we all have to tune in later for further installments of "Watch the Bush Government Crumble". Now back to your regular programming.

Update: In a White House Press briefing, W praised Libby’s service and said he is “presumed innocent and entitled to due process.” The Shrub said that while he was “saddened by today’s news,” the indictment would not keep the White House from its work. “We’ve got a job to protect the American people, and that’s what we’ll continue to do,” he said. Scary considering all he's done to "protect" us so far. 2000+ Americans dead in Iraq. Over 100,000 Iraqis dead. Protecting the American people from WHAT exactly? A guy in his underwear eating Doritos? Those invisible Weapons of Mass Destruction that were made up by Libby, Rove, Cheney and Her Majesty Condi Rice?

Bush referred to Libby as someone who worked tirelessly for Americans. “He served the vice president and me through extraordinary times in our nation’s history,” Bush said.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Libby said, “I’ve spent much of my career working on behalf of the American people and for the safety of our citizens. I have conducted my responsibilities honorably and truthfully, including with respect to this investigation.” Truthfully? His testimony in front of the congressional investigation was pockmarked with lies. It's why he WAS indicted.

He added, “I am confident that at the end of this process I will be completely and totally exonerated.” I'm confident he's going to jail. Life gets interesting sometimes, doesn't it?

The grand jury indictment charged Libby with one count of obstruction of justice, two of perjury and two of making false statements. If convicted on all five, he could face as much as 30 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines.

Libby's boss Dick Cheney issued a statement saying he had accepted Libby’s resignation “with deep regret.” He added that Libby was entitled to a presumption of innocence in the case and praised his longtime aide as “one of the most capable and talented individuals I have ever known.”

Meanwhile, Karl Rove’s lawyer said he was told by special prosecutor Fitzgerald’s office that investigators would continue their probe into the aide’s conduct. Rove’s potential legal problems stem in part from the fact that he failed initially to disclose to prosecutors a conversation in which he told Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper that Plame worked for the CIA. Rove says the conversation "slipped his mind". That would be more believable if he HAD a mind.

My two senators had plenty to say on the subject. Sen. Edward M Kennedy, D-Mass., said the indictment marked “a new low since Watergate in terms of openness and honesty in our government.” Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who ran unsuccessfully against Bush last year, called the case “evidence of White House corruption at the very highest levels.”

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Blogger Belinda said...

Oh, Rove has a mind. Never, ever underestimate him. The man is a genius. Being evil does not make him stupid. He scares the daylights out of me, and I truly see him getting off scot-free. Even if it's via a Bush pardon.

28/10/05 9:16 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

A pardon I'll buy. But I watched the news conference in full today, and I have a feeling he might have some serious issues coming down the road. He isn't totally off the hook...yet. But you're right, where Bush is concerned, cronyism will rule and Rove will find a way to slither out of this tight spot. I think having two Bush appointments on the SC will basically guarantee that ANYTHING this administration does will be allowed. Scary is right.

28/10/05 11:00 PM  

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