Pardoning Scooter Libby is Trump's swampiest decision

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Good grief, it's easy to forget the last time the Rs were running things we had a non-stop freak show in DC.

Libby, of all people to pardon, Libby, the consummate neocon, straight-faced liar Libby, Homo swampiens swampiens.

You sure are getting your little karma ducks in a row there, Mr. president.

Pardoning Scooter Libby is Trump's swampiest decision

On the campaign trail in 2015 and 2016, Donald Trump railed against the Iraq War (never mind his support for the 2003 invasion), beat up on the Bush family political dynasty and, with three words that pulled together all that and more, promised to "drain the swamp" in Washington.

A couple years on, the bog remains thick with the creatures Trump promised to drive out. He's even introduced some new breeds. But there is nothing that Trump or his lieutenants have done that comes close, in sheer fetid swampiness, to pardoning the criminal former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a move the White House made official on Friday.

Americans have tragically short memories. For certain sorts of politicians, that can be a great gift. For Trump, it probably means the pardon will go down without much of a sustained uproar from even the liberal provinces.

That's thanks in part to the sizable number of Democrats who have come to regard Bush-era malfeasance and scandal as petty or low-stakes when held up against Trump's behavior.

Inside the Beltway, the real prospect of a Libby pardon -- from when it was first reported on Thursday -- immediately became a Rob Mueller-related parlor game. The big question: Was Trump considering the move as a way of signaling to Paul Manafort and others caught up in the special counsel investigation that he will reward them for keeping mum?

"So what's the message here?" former Bush White House ethics chief and ubiquitous Trump critic Richard Painter asked in a tweet. "Lie to a grand jury to protect political superiors and you will get a full pardon?"
https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/13/politics/scooter-libby-pardon-swamp-wins/index.html
 
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Libby leaked the identity of a CIA agent to punish her husband for telling the truth about the WMD lies being told in the run up to the war. So, Cadet Bone Spurs hates leakers so much that he pardons one of the worst leakers. This is a signal to Manafort to keep his mouth shut and he will be pardoned. More evidence of obstruction of justice.
 
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It was the right thing to do and should have been done long ago. The NY Times reporter who went to jail rather than reveal her sources in the Plame matter, Judith Miller, says it was the right move. Says it was long overdue. Shame on some of you, so hateful.

Former NY Times reporter Judith Miller’s testimony played a significant role in the case of Scooter Libby both when she originally made it and later when she recanted it. Now that Libby has officially been pardoned, Miller talked to Fox News to explain why she believes this was the right decision.

“I think it’s long overdue,” Miller said. She continued, “Ever since I got out of jail and began trying to look into the details of the Scooter Libby case…I became persuaded that my testimony had been in error and that he, in fact, had done nothing wrong.

“I decided to go back and correct the record in my own book, which I did, and when Scooter Libby was given his law license back a year and a half ago, the judge specifically cited my testimony, the recantation of my testimony, as one of the factors in his decision.”
https://hotair.com/archives/2018/04/13/judith-miller-scooter-libby-pardon-long-overdue/


Plame was outed by Richard Armitage.
 
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It was the right thing to do and should have been done long ago. The NY Times reporter who went to jail rather than reveal her sources in the Plame matter, Judith Miller, says it was the right move. Says it was long overdue. Shame on some of you, so hateful.



https://hotair.com/archives/2018/04/13/judith-miller-scooter-libby-pardon-long-overdue/


Plame was outed by Richard Armitage.
Libby leaked the identity of a CIA agent to punish her ambassador husband for debunking the IRAQ WMD story. It doesn’t get any worse than that.
 

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Libby leaked the identity of a CIA agent to punish her ambassador husband for debunking the IRAQ WMD story. It doesn’t get any worse than that.

No, he did not. And a reporter who went to jail rather than reveal sources in the matter has said the pardon was overdue. Can you not read?. You are a hater then.

And it was Richard Armitage who leaked Plame's name.

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.

Armitage told the CBS Evening News that he did so inadvertently.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/09/08/leak.armitage/

Though many in Washington already knew she was CIA.

And maybe the definitive article.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/09/08/leak.armitage/
 
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No, he did not. And a reporter who went to jail rather than reveal sources in the matter has said the pardon was overdue. Can you not read?. You are a hater then.

And it was Richard Armitage who leaked Plame's name.



CNN.com - Armitage admits leaking Plame's identity - Sep 8, 2006

Though many in Washington already knew she was CIA.

And maybe the definitive article.

CNN.com - Armitage admits leaking Plame's identity - Sep 8, 2006
Cheney was neck deep in this. Ironically, his emails disappeared. Libby was his assistant. They all outed Plame to damage her husband. Had they listened to her husband, the huge loss of blood and treasure could have been avoided. Don the Con only pardoned him to signal Manafort. But, it will turn out to be too little too late.