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Dick Cheney
White House / David Bohrer

Bush Left Scooter ‘Hanging in the Wind,’ Says Cheney

The former vice president is still sore that his top aide didn’t get a presidential pardon. Dick Cheney told CNN that he and the president had a “fundamental difference of opinion” that ultimately “left Scooter sort of hanging in the wind, which I didn’t think was appropriate.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2009 READ MORE


Bush Pardons a Loyal Turkey

The Onion has the skinny on “Scooter” Libby’s backdoor pardon.

Posted on Nov 26, 2008 READ MORE


George W. Bush raises his glass
White House / Eric Draper

Howdy, Pardoner

It’s that time again. Felons seeking pardons and commutations had best get in line, as the president already has a backlog of applications, including convicted congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham and junk bonder Michael Milken. So far Ted Stevens and “Scooter” Libby haven’t asked.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008 READ MORE


McClellan and Bush
White House / Eric Draper

Ex-Press Secretary Throws Bush Under the Bus

Scott McClellan was one of George W. Bush’s most loyal aides, so it is surprising to learn that he savages the president and his administration in his new memoir. Among other bombshells, McClellan refers to the administration’s “propaganda campaign” to sell the war and accuses Karl Rove and Scooter Libby of meeting in secret during the Plamegate scandal in order to get their stories straight.

Posted on May 27, 2008 READ MORE


Millions Without a Voice

With all the talk of record voter participation, we should take a moment to think of the Americans, many of them African-American and Latino, who have been disenfranchised because they once committed a felony.

Posted on Feb 6, 2008 READ MORE


Libby
time.com

Scooter Libby Cries Uncle

I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has made the “tactical” decision to drop his appeal. After all, why spend millions of dollars in legal fees when you still have friends in high places? President Bush earlier commuted Libby’s sentence, keeping the former Cheney aide out of prison but leaving him with a criminal record and a fine. The White House won’t comment on whether Bush intends to pardon Libby.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


McClellan
defectiveyeti.com

Ex-Press Secretary Claims Team Bush Deceived Him in Plame Case

There has been no shortage of tell-all books from former Bushies (paging George Tenet), but the latest one, by former White House spokesman Scott McClellan, is a real bombshell—primarily because McClellan alleges that the president, the vice president and three other high-ranking officials allowed him to pass “false information” about the Valerie Plame CIA identity leak case to the press.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


Valerie Plame
washingtontimes.com

Plame Tells Tale of Betrayal in New Memoir

In her new memoir, former CIA officer Valerie Plame tells of her shock as the Bush administration presented evidence in 2003 that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction—“I knew key parts of it were wrong,” she says—as well as her take on her outing as a CIA employee.

Posted on Oct 20, 2007 READ MORE


Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan Returns to the Antiwar Movement

Video blogger Davis Fleetwood asks a recently reinvigorated Cindy Sheehan about her candidacy, impeachment, Scooter Libby’s pardon, the military-industrial complex and more.

Posted on Jul 29, 2007 READ MORE


Scooter’s Deal Is the American Dream

This satirical report says millions of immigrants are seeking an amnesty deal like the one given to the man they revere as “El Libbre.” Who knew Libby would become the hero of America’s undocumented worker population?

Posted on Jul 14, 2007 READ MORE


Moment of Reflection

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With Friends Like These, Who Needs Judges?

Remember when President Bush promised to fire anyone in the White House involved in the leaking of Valerie Plame’s identity? How far we’ve come. “Scooter” Libby’s commutation is but the latest outrage perpetrated by an administration more concerned with protecting its secrets than the rule of law.

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


Pardon Fight!

The White House isn’t taking kindly to former President Bill Clinton’s characterization of the Libby commutation as being “consistent with their philosophy; they believe that they should be able to do what they want to do. ...”  Oh, snap!  Bush spokesman Tony Snow fired back with a reference to Clinton’s own pardon record: “I don’t know what Arkansan is for chutzpah, but this is a gigantic case of it.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2007 READ MORE


Olbermann

Olbermann Calls on Bush to Resign

In another of his not-to-be-missed special comments, Keith Olbermann takes the president to task over his commutation of “Scooter” Libby’s sentence. The “Countdown” host compares Bush to Richard Nixon, who, he says, at least had the decency to resign once his abuse of power was exposed.

Posted on Jul 4, 2007 READ MORE


The High Cost of Libby’s Silence

Bush probably has ensured that Cheney’s guy won’t spill the beans.  But in doing so the president has thrown dirt on the words of the Declaration of Independence.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


Paris Learns Her Lesson

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Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


Libby to Be Pardoned?

Cronyism may reach ever greater heights in the “Scooter” Libby case, as it seems that President Bush—after commuting the former Cheney aide’s sentence Monday—may consider pardoning him. 

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


Libby
nytimes.com

Libby Goes Free

Just hours after a federal appeals panel told I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby to go directly to jail without passing go, President Bush stepped in to commute his sentence, thus setting the former Cheney aide and star of Plamegate free. Libby will still have to pay a $250,000 fine, so look for him on the lecture circuit.

Posted on Jul 2, 2007 READ MORE


President’s Best Friend

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Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


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George W. Bush, the Musical

Relive Bush’s soiled legacy to the tune of Abba’s “Waterloo.” If ever there was a man who could carry off the line “I feel like I win when I lose,” it’s our president.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE


Why Pardon When You Can Paris?

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Posted on Jun 8, 2007 READ MORE


The Ghost of Pardon Past

The argument among Republicans over whether President Bush should grant Scooter Libby a quick pardon amounts to a battle between the past and the future.

Posted on Jun 8, 2007 READ MORE


The Price of Loyalty

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Posted on Jun 6, 2007 READ MORE


Libby
news.bbc.co.uk

Libby Gets 30 Months

Convicted perjurer I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has been sentenced to 30 months in prison, a $250,000 fine and two years of probation, pending appeal and the inevitable pardon.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


Sentencing for Dummies

With his sentencing looming, it appears that I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby—one of the highest White House officials ever convicted of a felony—has learned precisely nothing from his trial and conviction on charges of false statements, obstruction of justice, and perjury. Note: originally published on TomDispatch.

Posted on Jun 3, 2007 READ MORE


plame

Audio Tribute to Valerie Plame Wilson

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer and contributors James Harris and Josh Scheer celebrate the dignity and tenacity of Truthdigger of the Week Valerie Plame Wilson.

Posted on Mar 16, 2007 READ MORE


The 24-Hour Scandal Cycle

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Posted on Mar 14, 2007 READ MORE


Dick Cheney
AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta

His Own Worst Enemy

Dick Cheney has once again accused his critics of giving aid and comfort to the enemy, yet that’s precisely what his administration’s own policies have achieved.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Strips Libby of Nickname

The satirist pokes fun at the Libby verdict and the president’s rush to distance himself from a liar.

Posted on Mar 11, 2007 READ MORE


Years of Hyperpartisanship

The Bush administration has created a poisonous atmosphere that principled conservatives should deplore.

Posted on Mar 9, 2007 READ MORE


They Never Learn

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Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


Scooter Libby
beachblogger.net

‘Scooter’ Libby Found Guilty

I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby was found guilty on four of the five counts of perjury and obstruction for which he was standing trial.  Media Matters anticipates the misinformation talking points likely to circulate in the mainstream media.

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE


The Character Assassin

Even as jurors pondered whether Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff should be convicted of lying about what the Bush administration did to smear one of its critics, there was Cheney accusing another adversary of doing the work of the terrorists.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


Libby
smh.com.au

Libby Defense Rests

The defense has rested in “Scooter” Libby’s Plamegate trial after spending only three days (compared with the prosecution’s three weeks) making its case. Libby’s defense focused on discrediting prosecution witnesses and hyping the defendant’s allegedly bad memory.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Dick Cheney
iflipflop.com

Cheney Escapes Cross-Examination

The lawyer of alleged perjurer “Scooter” Libby revealed Tuesday that neither his client nor the vice president will testify for the defense. Dick Cheney would have been the first vice president to testify at a criminal trial, open to a range of uncomfortable questions from the prosecution.

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


Tim Russert Takes Questions, for a Change

Testifying about his involvement with the “Scooter” Libby CIA leak case, Tim Russert was very different from his familiar image as a bombastic Sunday morning talk show host.

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 READ MORE


Libby Trial Reveals Cheney’s Upset

There can be no doubt after multiple witnesses and now audio recordings from Libby himself that the White House was hopping mad about Joe Wilson’s assertion that the administration cherry-picked intelligence to make the case for war. On the tapes, Libby describes the vice president as “upset” and “disturbed” over what he considered a political assault.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


Libby Grand Jury Tapes to Be Released

Judge Reggie Walton announced today that audio recordings of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s grand jury testimony will be released publicly after presentation at his trial.

Posted on Feb 5, 2007 READ MORE


Tenet and Bush
AP Photo / Lawrence Jackson

A Case for Impeachment

Revelations in the perjury trial of Lewis “Scooter” Libby re-emphasize the need for an impeachment trial to establish the true story behind President Bush’s erroneous claim about Saddam Hussein’s supposed nuclear weapons program.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


Scooter Libby
beachblogger.net

Does Scooter Stand a Chance?

Conflicted journalist Judith Miller added her damning testimony to a mounting heap on Tuesday, saying “Scooter” Libby did in fact reveal to her that Joseph Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA. With more and more witnesses contradicting Libby’s account of events, his trial is starting to feel like a technicality on the way to a pardon.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


Libby
usatoday.com

Plamegate: Ex-Aide to Cheney Damages Libby

Dick Cheney’s former chief spokeswoman testified on Thursday that she told the vice president and his chief of staff about Valerie Plame’s CIA status days before Libby claimed he learned the information. She also said the pair was intensely interested in Plame and her husband, Joe Wilson.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Condoleezza Rice Might Testify at Libby Trial

Condoleezza Rice may join Dick Cheney as a witness in “Scooter” Libby’s perjury trial. The secretary of state’s name appeared on a list of potential witnesses that included Karl Rove, Paul Wolfowitz, George Tenet, Colin Powell and members of the Washington media elite.

Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


Libby Trial May Put Cheney, Press in Hot Seat

I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s Plamegate trial finally gets started on Tuesday, promising to reveal the polluted secrets of a dishonest and opportunistic Washington elite. Expect to see Dick Cheney, the first sitting vice president to testify at a criminal trial, squirm as lawyers and witnesses discuss the administration’s cherry-picking of intelligence.

Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


Cheney
cbc.ca

Cheney Will Testify in Plamegate

“Scooter” Libby’s defense team said it intends to call Vice President Dick Cheney to testify on its behalf in the high-profile perjury trial that resulted from an investigation into the leaking of Valerie Plame’s identity. The vice president’s spokeswoman indicated that he would comply with the request: “We’ve cooperated fully in this matter and will continue to do so in fairness to the parties involved.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


Joe Conason: White House Guilt in CIA Leak Case Remains

The revelation that Richard Armitage first disclosed Valerie Wilson’s identity as a covert CIA operative doesn’t change the fact that it was Karl Rove and Scooter Libby who used that information in an attempt to punish Ms. Wilson for her husband’s criticism of the Bush administration.

Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


Rove Won’t Be Charged in Leak Case

That’s the word from special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald and Rove’s lawyer. This comes after months of behind-the-scenes negotiations between the two sides. Bush called Fitzgerald’s conduct throughout the proceeding “dignified.”

Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE


What Ashcroft Knew and When He Knew it

Murray Waas at the National Journal has another sizzling scoop: Then-Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft continued to oversee the Valerie Plame-CIA leak probe long after he learned that top White House officials were suspected of involvement. (He didn’t recuse himself from the investigation for two months…)

Posted on Jun 9, 2006 READ MORE


Cheney and Libby

Cheney May Be Called in CIA Leak Case

Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald wrote that Cheney would be a logical witness in the proceedings against his former chief of staff, Scooter Libby.

Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


Prosecutor Puts Bush in the Spotlight

Patrick Fitzgerald writes in a legal briefing, “It is hard to conceive of what evidence there could be that would disprove the existence of White House efforts to ‘punish Wilson.’ ”

Also, Bush formally admits to declassifying the intelligence later leaked by Libby to reporters.

Posted on Apr 11, 2006 READ MORE


Specter Calls for Bush to Speak on Leak

The Republican senator said of Bush’s authorization of the WMD intelligence leak: “We ought to get to the bottom of it so it can be evaluated, again, by the American people.”
Also: Information had been strongly disputed months before Cheney and Libby leaked it.

 

Posted on Apr 10, 2006 READ MORE


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