Scooterpalooza! Ten Libby News Nuggets
Good morning. I've said all I have to say about the sentence handed down yesterday to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby following his perjury and obstruction of justice conviction earlier this year. So this morning I thought I would trawl through the papers, online and otherwise, and offer you the best of the rest of the spin on L'Affaire Libby.
Dana Milbank in the Washington Post: "You knew Scooter Libby was in trouble at yesterday's sentencing hearing when his lawyer decided to read the judge a character reference -- from Paul Wolfowitz."
Neil A. Lewis in The New York Times: "If Mr. Libby goes to prison, he will be the first senior White House official to do so since the days of Watergate, when several of President Richard M. Nixon's top aides, including H. R. Haldeman and John D. Erlichman, served prison terms. In the second setback to Mr. Libby, Judge Walton refused a request by defense lawyers to delay the sentence until Mr. Libby's appeals are exhausted. Unless the judge reverses his position, as Mr. Libby's lawyers will press for in arguments next week, or unless Mr. Bush grants a pardon, the Bureau of Prisons is expected to order Mr. Libby to report to a federal prison in the next 45 to 60 days."
Richard B. Schmitt in the Los Angeles Times: "The prospect of Libby landing in prison soon could change the politics of the case. Many observers have believed from the beginning of the prosecution that if Libby were convicted, Bush would grant him a presidential pardon to ensure that he never served a day in prison. But this scenario assumes Libby's attorneys would be able to keep him free during his appeal, and that Bush would not have to consider a pardon until the final days of his administration -- when the political costs would be minimal. Now, Walton may effectively be forcing Bush's hand."
Peter Baker in the Washington Post: "The prospect of a pardon has become so sensitive inside the West Wing that top aides have been kept out of the loop, and even Bush friends have been told not to bring it up with the president. In any debate, officials expect Vice President Cheney to favor a pardon, while other aides worry about the political consequences of stepping into a case that stems from the origins of the Iraq war and renewing questions about the truthfulness of the Bush administration."
Peter Grier in the Christian Science Monitor: "Given the opportunity to speak at his sentencing, Libby thanked Walton for his consideration throughout the trial and asked only to be judged on his whole life. He expressed no remorse about his actions -- indeed, he did not refer to the actual case at all. While the expression of remorse can lessen a sentence, Libby has also insisted that he is innocent, and he undoubtedly will appeal his conviction."
From CNN: "When it comes to the debate over whether former White House aide Lewis 'Scooter' Libby should be pardoned, the Republican presidential field is split between 'yes,' 'no,' 'maybe' and 'I'd have to study the transcript.' GOP contenders were asked about the pardon during a CNN-sponsored debate Tuesday night in New Hampshire -- just hours after Libby was sentenced to 30 months in prison for lying to federal officials investigating who leaked the identity of a CIA operative. Only two candidates said outright that they would offer a pardon to Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff -- Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado. The discouraging news for Libby, as he tries to avoid prison, is that those two White House hopefuls combined, have a scant 3 percent support in the latest average of national polls."
Matt Apuzzo and Pete Yost of the Associated Press (via the Boston Globe): "'Mr. Libby was the poster child for all that has gone wrong in this terrible war,' defense attorney Theodore Wells said. 'He has fallen from public grace. It is a tragic fall, a tragic fall.' [Vice President Dick] Cheney, looking to Libby's appeal, said, 'Speaking as friends, we hope that our system will return a final result consistent with what we know of this fine man.'"
Jerry Seper in the Washington Times: "By comparison, Libby's sentence of 30 months and a $250,000 fine was much stiffer than the 100 hours of community service and $50,000 fine handed to Samuel R. Berger, the Clinton White House national security adviser caught taking highly classified documents from the National Archives. Mr. Berger, national security adviser from 1997 to 2001, was convicted of removing documents from the Archives in 2005 while preparing to testify before the September 11 commission. He also was ordered to undergo a polygraph test if asked, although the Justice Department has declined to administer the test."
Josh Gerstein in the New York Sun: "The vast majority of those who contacted Judge Walton urged leniency for Libby, but a dozen or more letters asked the judge to mete out severe punishment. 'Mr. Libby's crimes are no less egregious than the very similar crimes of traitors Robert Hansen or Aldrich Ames. It is only through sheer luck that no one was killed in this matter (that we know of),' J. Raymond Niblock wrote. 'I believe there is too much corruption at top levels in this country,' a Libby critic, Charles Pluckhahn, wrote. 'This sort of decadence and dry rot sets a bad example, and if left unchecked it will take us in the direction of Rome's decline.' Those who wrote on Libby's behalf included former Defense Department officials, such as Douglas Feith and Richard Perle; a former ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton; a former senator, Alan Simpson of Wyoming, and a State Department counselor, Eliot Cohen."
Reynolds Holding in Time magazine: "When I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was sentenced Tuesday to a surprisingly long term of 30 months in prison for perjury and obstruction of justice, he became a victim of one of the most troubling aspects of federal sentencing laws -- allowing harsher sentences for a crime that was never actually proven."
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