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Friday, April 13, 2018

In another gesture to hard-core conservatives that appear to have become routine for the White House in the run-up to the midterm elections, Donald Trump is reportedly about to vindicate a right-wing cause dating back to the George W. Bush administration by pardoning former vice presidential chief of staff Scooter Libby. In case that was before your time or it's slipped your memory, Libby was Dick Cheney's top staffer, who was convicted in 2007 of leaking the identity of an undercover CIA officer whose husband had displeased the Bush administration, and then lying about it.

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This is a pretty obvious two-fer for Trump: He reminds people like Manafort and Cohen that he can pardon whomever he likes, and thinks GW should have done it at the time AND he sends a message to his people that falling on their sword for him like Libby did for Cheney is honor among criminals.

Maybe it's a tri-fecta: Rosenstein might notice that falling on his sword for the country might, in the end, not count for anything.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-04-13 12:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Pee Brain has never been accused of subtlety.

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2018-04-13 07:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Headline should be "Trump Gives America The Finger!" Treason is now acceptable. Precedent for when his own is revealed and proven by Mueller.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2018-04-13 09:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Might as well. Dubya had already commutated his prison sentence so. By accepting the pardon he's forever guilty according to the law so.

#4 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-04-13 09:38 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Outing a covert CIA officer is treason, no one should forget that. I only wish I could say it to Libby's face. "Traitor!" Should have executed him and I don't say that for very many people.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2018-04-13 10:30 AM | Reply

Thinking about over one million people who died because of the war these traitors lied us in to, there should be executions for the whole lot of the Iraq war liars. Dubya sitting in Dallas doing his paintings, OMG!, that turns my stomach.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2018-04-13 10:31 AM | Reply

Adam Schiff @RepAdamSchiff

On the day the President wrongly attacks Comey for being a "leaker and liar" he considers pardoning a convicted leaker and liar, Scooter Libby. This is the President's way of sending a message to those implicated in the Russia investigation: You have my back and I‘ll have yours.
7:14 AM - 13 Apr 2018

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-04-13 11:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

Signalling.

#8 | Posted by techres at 2018-04-13 11:51 AM | Reply

Thinking about over one million people who died because of the war these traitors lied us in to, there should be executions for the whole lot of the Iraq war liars. Dubya sitting in Dallas doing his paintings, OMG!, that turns my stomach.

#6 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2018-04-13 10:31 AM | REPLY

So I would assume you would include those in the senate who stood up and pounded the gavel and voted for it as well.

#9 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-04-13 11:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Scooter should be shot, not pardoned. Doing so will be a warning to all covert officers, i.e., they are at risk from political operatives...

#10 | Posted by catdog at 2018-04-13 12:01 PM | Reply

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"Thinking about over one million people who died because of the war these traitors lied us in to..."

If we are going to talk about executing people, it would be one thing if we didn't know they were lying at the time but we absolutely did. Politicians who knew this and voted to authorize use of force rather than tackle the lies head on did so out of cowardice and considerations of political self preservation. There is plenty of guilt to go around and it doesn't end with people who placed an R at the end of their names.

#11 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2018-04-13 12:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Libby is not only a traitor. Though not convicted of the crime, he is also likely an accessory to murder. We should have no doubt that many of the CIA agents contacts were killed after Libby outed her. At minimum, Scooter should have been in prison for life. And I think there's a high likelyhood that Cheney is just as guilty.

#12 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-04-13 12:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Politicians who knew this and voted to authorize use of force"

Back in 1783 politicians authorized the Vegas shooter to get his guns. Do we get to blame them for that too?

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-04-13 12:33 PM | Reply

So I would assume you would include those in the senate who stood up and pounded the gavel and voted for it as well.

#9 | Posted by fishpaw

*based on being presented false information from the bush white house.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-04-13 01:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#12 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT AT 2018-04-13 12:30 PM | FLAG: Wrong [back to school for you]. From one of your own 'trusted' sources;

Armitage admits leaking Plame's identity
POSTED: 2:39 a.m. EDT, September 8, 2006

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage acknowledged Thursday that he was the source who first revealed the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame to syndicated columnist Robert Novak back in 2003, touching off a federal investigation.

READ the rest of the article here: www.cnn.com
www.cnn.com

#15 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-04-13 01:37 PM | Reply

#9 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

Congress did not vote to go to war. They voted to give the President more leverage. A subtlety I doubt you would understand. Congress should never have given that approval. They should have never trusted the administration to not quickly use that approval to go to war. Regardless, only one person can truly be held responsible for the invasion and occupation of Iraq. That would be the Commander in Chief who ordered said invasion on fabricated pretenses.

#16 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-04-13 01:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

"Among the allies from the Bush administration who have argued that he was treated unfairly is John R. Bolton, an ally of Mr. Cheney's who served as Mr. Bush's ambassador to the United Nations and started this week as Mr. Trump's national security adviser. Other allies of Mr. Libby's include Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing, a husband-and-wife team of lawyers who recently talked about going to work for Mr. Trump before deciding against it because of a client conflict."
www.nytimes.com

#17 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-04-13 01:50 PM | Reply

"Alan Dershowitz, a vocal Trump defender on cable television, also pushed Libby's appellate cause, calling his appeals "serious and substantial" and filing a brief in 2007 asking for Libby to be granted bail pending his appeal."
www.washingtonpost.com

#18 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-04-13 01:52 PM | Reply

Who exposed Plame? Reat and learn all you libs.

Valerie Plame
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Redirected from Plame)
"Valerie Flame" redirects here. For the "Childrens Hospital" character, see Childrens Hospital § Cast and characters.
Valerie Plame
Valerie plame wilson 2014.jpg
Plame at the 2014 Texas Book Festival
Who

Born Valerie Elise Plame
August 13, 1963 (age 54)
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
Occupation Writer, Spy Novelist, CIA officer (1985–2006)
Nationality United States
Alma mater Pennsylvania State University (B.A., Advertising, 1985)
College of Europe (M.A.)
London School of Economics (M.A.)
Genre Autobiography, memoir, political criticism
Notable works Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House
Spouse Todd Sesler (m. 1987; divorce 1989)
Joseph C. Wilson (m. 1998)
Children 2 (with Wilson)

Valerie Elise Plame Wilson (née Plame; born August 13, 1963), known as Valerie Plame, Valerie E. Wilson, and Valerie Plame Wilson, is a former operations officer who worked at the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a writer, and a spy novelist. As the subject of the 2003 Plame affair, also known as the CIA leak scandal, Plame had her identity as covert officer of the CIA leaked to the press by members of the George W. Bush administration and subsequently made public. In the aftermath of the scandal, Richard Armitage in the State Department was identified as one source of the information, and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted of lying to investigators. After a failed appeal, President Bush commuted Libby's sentence. No one was formally charged with leaking the information.

#19 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-04-13 02:02 PM | Reply

CIA agents contacts were killed after Libby outed her. At minimum, Scooter should have been in prison for life. And I think there's a high likelyhood that Cheney is just as guilty.

#12 | Posted by Whatsleft

You are clueless lefty.

#20 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-04-13 02:03 PM | Reply

Scooter was the victim of one Comey's numerous witch hunts.

#21 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-04-13 02:11 PM | Reply

pardoning a convicted leaker and liar,

Just keep saying the GOP is the party of "law and order".

#22 | Posted by 726 at 2018-04-13 02:13 PM | Reply

#21 Scooter was the fall guy for Tricky Dick Cheney

#23 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-04-13 02:16 PM | Reply

"The grand jury investigated the leaks. Both Bush and Cheney were interviewed by Fitzgerald. No one was ever charged for outing Plame, but Libby was charged with federal obstruction of justice and perjury charges for lying to investigators."
www.washingtonpost.com

#24 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-04-13 02:21 PM | Reply

orange homuculus trump pardoned libby.

Most corrupt administration ever.

#25 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-04-13 02:47 PM | Reply

"James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH."

***Pardons Scooter Libby***

#26 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2018-04-13 02:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Keep in mind that Libbey wasn't the one who outed Valerie Plame. It was Richard Armitage. Libbey was convicted for perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI.

#27 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-04-13 03:40 PM | Reply

Scooter was the victim of one Comey's numerous witch hunts.

#21 | Posted by visitor_

Scooter was tried and convicted.

So he must be a witch.

#28 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-04-13 04:00 PM | Reply

Tried and convicted for not leaking identity of not so super secret CIA operative.

#29 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-04-13 04:05 PM | Reply

Tried and convicted for not leaking identity of not so super secret CIA operative.

#29 | Posted by visitor_

Tried and convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice by The Witch Hunter.

Also, he didn't float when thrown in the water.

So obviously a witch.

#30 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-04-13 04:22 PM | Reply

"Keep in mind that Libbey wasn't the one who outed Valerie Plame. It was Richard Armitage."

Like anything happened without Cheney's blessing.

You ever wonder why Plame had to be outed?

The only sensible explanation I've heard is Plame, who was a WMD counterproliferation expert, was hot on the trail of Cheney's false flag operation to smuggle WMDs into Turkey and then into Iraq, in orddr to build an ex post facto case for invasion. Cheney got wind of this and outed Plame to protect himself and his (our) assets from being caught.

#31 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-04-13 04:24 PM | Reply

Libbey was convicted for perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI.

#27 | Posted by JeffJ

Back before republicans viewed those things as patriotic.

#32 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-04-13 04:25 PM | Reply

"Back before republicans viewed those things as patriotic."

Good point.
Libbey lied to the FBI?
Trump needs to reward him for standing up to the Deep State!

#33 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-04-13 04:33 PM | Reply

Snoofy has quite the imagination.

"The only sensible explanation I've heard is Plame, who was a WMD counterproliferation expert, was hot on the trail of Cheney's false flag operation to smuggle WMDs into Turkey and then into Iraq, in orddr to build an ex post facto case for invasion. Cheney got wind of this and outed Plame to protect himself and his (our) assets from being caught."

Did that involve any midnight flights on an SR-71?

#34 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-04-13 04:43 PM | Reply

It's not my imagination. It's not even my theory. But it remains the only sensible explanation I've heard.

Let's hear your explanation for why the Vice President's office blew the cover of an active undercover CIA agent working in WMD.

Oh, right, you don't have one. You never really thought about it.

Other people, who are better about thinking about stuff, thought about it when it happened.

#35 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-04-13 04:47 PM | Reply

It's more likely he let it slip out by accident.

#36 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-04-13 04:50 PM | Reply

That's as stupid as you are.

Which is a lot.

See Also: I had to clarify the above ststement, in case you thought it wasn't stupid.

#37 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-04-13 04:54 PM | Reply

Armitage, Libby and Karl Rove had the discussion. Novak released the information. Libby lied to the FBI about all of it. Although Armitage has admitted he was responsible for "inadvertently" leaking her identity, there is plenty of circumstantial evidence to suggest that the leak was targeted, and came from the White House. Libby is a traitor, regardless.

#38 | Posted by chuffy at 2018-04-13 05:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Keep in mind that Libbey wasn't the one who outed Valerie Plame. It was Richard Armitage. Libbey was convicted for perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI.

#27 | POSTED BY JEFFJ AT 2018-04-13 03:40 PM | FLAG:

WRONG There were FOUR leakers Armitage Ari Fleiser Rove and Libby. Get your facts correct next time.

#39 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-04-13 05:25 PM | Reply

The crazy is strong.

#40 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-04-13 05:50 PM | Reply

"Armitage admits leaking Plame's identity"

Libby didn't know that when he leaked Plame's identity.

#41 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-04-13 06:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

WOW - I didn't realize there were this many tinfoil hats in this site!

If you know so much, what are those con-trails all about?

#42 | Posted by Gr8Music at 2018-04-13 10:20 PM | Reply

Trump Pardoned Libby to Protect Himself From Mueller

By pardoning Mr. Libby, Mr. Trump sends a message to those who might incriminate him in crimes related to conspiring with Russians to tamper with the election: The message is that he will rectify any sadness that protecting a president might cause.

The thing is, Mr. Trump is unlikely to be able to use his pardon power to get out of his legal jam. That's because several of his potential firewalls -- Mr. Manafort, Mr. Cohen and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner -- could be charged at the state level for the financial crimes they're suspected of. A federal pardon would simply move their prosecution beyond Mr. Trump's control.

www.nytimes.com

#43 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-04-13 10:27 PM | Reply

Burn the witch

#44 | Posted by hamburglar at 2018-04-14 06:13 AM | Reply

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