Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Tony Snow Says He Knows Of No Libby Pardon Talk

Read the following three paragraphs from the NY Times very closely:

The White House spokesman, Tony Snow, was asked repeatedly today about a possible presidential pardon for Mr. Libby, convicted on Wednesday of perjury and obstruction of justice during an investigation into the unmasking of a C.I.A. operative.

Mr. Snow said he was unaware of any high-level discussions about a pardon for Mr. Libby, although he did not explicitly rule out a pardon, or consideration of one.

“Let me just say that all of this conversation, speculation, about a pardon — I know makes for interesting speculation, but it’s just that,” Mr. Snow said.

Did Snow say there had been no talk about a pardon for Libby within the high levels of the administration (say between Cheney and Libby himself or between Cheney and Bush)?


He said he was unaware of such talk and anyway, it's all speculation.

Uh, huh.

The day that Libby's appeals run out and he's about to head off to jail will be the day that Bush pardons him.

The administration - and particularly DeadEye Dick - do not want Libby to spend even one moment in jail. If Libby got hauled off to the clinker, he might just want to call Fitz up and let him know just what he knows about the VP's involvement in the case (and perhaps even the preznut's - remember that Libby was also a presidential aide as well as the VP's chief of staff) .

And surely Bushie and Cheney wouldn't want that to happen.

So Snow's full of it when he says he knows the pardon talk is all speculation.

It's not speculation. It's a done deal.

And everyone knows it even if they don't want to admit to it.

A Washington Post writer is running a pool over the date of the pardon. Try to get a date in December 08 is my best advice.
I dunno - I think a date close to whenever Libby's appeals run out is a better bet. It also depends on whether Judge Reggie Walton allows him to stay out of jail during the appeal process or not. I agree that repubs would like to make the pardon date after November '08, but I think they'll only get their wish if the calendar works out that way. As I said in my post, if Libby's jail term comes around earlier than Nov '08, Bush will pull the trigger to keep Libby quiet.

Gee, now that I think about it, there probably should be an investigation into the pardon too. Sure as hell sounds like a conflict of interest problem to me.
If I had my druthers, Libby would be sentenced to the max (30 years), and serve every day of it until he offers to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but.

If there's a person out there who doesn't believe his guilt implicates at the very least Cheney, Rove and Armitage, point out that Libby didn't get within a hundred yards of a courtroom without coaching from both White House lawyers and his own. He lied, and he lied under their orders.
I agree with you completely, kicksiron. Libby took the fall for the VP at the very least and most likely for Rove too. There's even a chance he took the fall for the preznut. When Bush pardons him, he will be engaging in a conflict of interest. By pardoning Libby, Bush saves his VP, his chief political aide and himself from further criminal investigation.

In my opinion, a pardon of Libby will be another part of the CIA leak case cover-up.
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