The Libby commutation continues to reverberate. From a 'Newsweek' article scheduled for release Monday, 'Friends in High Places', confirms many of the opinions we have voiced on Wizbangblue already, but sometimes it is good to be reminded, as well as informed; for example, when queried by Bush,
Fielding, the White House counsel reluctantly concluded that the jury had reached a reasonable verdict: the evidence was strong that Libby testified falsely about his role in the leak.(no kidding).....
The Democrats' outrage lost steam when Hillary Clinton came forward to scold Bush for not respecting "the rule of law." (What are we going to do about Hillary? and the fact she seems so incapable of separting herself from all the questionable decisions Clinton took, except for Monica).
(the article continues).... Bush may have stopped short of a full pardon precisely to keep Libby and other White House aides away from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Investigators in Congress are eager to call Libby to testify about the Plame case and prewar Iraq intel--an invitation Libby can continue to resist by claiming he can't talk as long as his appeal remains alive in the courts......
(And when a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Tony Snow) Why Bush hadn't dismissed Karl Rove--who was found to be one of the White House leakers? (the predictable answer) "We are not going to make comments in detail until the legal process is over," Snow responded. "And it is not--there is still an appeal." Nobody at the White House would be disappointed if that appeal just happened to drag on until Jan. 20, 2009.
But the really surprising confirmation of 'the Newsweek' behind the curtain story, is that one of Bush's advisors (could it be Fielding?) "I'm not sure Bush had a choice," says one of the advisers. "If he didn't act, it would have caused a fracture with the vice president". And we couldn't have that?...The question remains; who is the real decider in the Oval Offfce, Bush or Cheney?
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