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Boehner, From Russia With Love ... for Libby

Shortly before 10 a.m. ET today, House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) became the highest ranking congressional Republican to speak out on President Bush's decision Monday to commute I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's 30-month prison sentence.

Boehner's belated statement is more understandable than the silence of most other GOP leaders, since Boehner is traveling overseas and was in Russia at the time of the announcement. Here's Boehner's defense of the decision by President Bush:

"The president's decision on Mr. Libby was the right one, and I believe it ensures the interests of justice and fairness are both served. Given the fact that the prosecutor in this case never charged any individual with breaking the law with regard to the disclosure of Valerie Plame's name to the media, I agree with the president that the sentence was excessive and support his decision to commute Mr. Libby's prison sentence."

By Paul Kane  |  July 3, 2007; 12:02 PM ET
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I find it disgusting that there is no OUTCRY against this decision by GOD BUSH and GOD CHENEY.

In my humble opinion this was a brokered deal for Libby to 'keep his mouth shut' as soon as he came under fire.

Perhaps future generations will LEARN the REAL TRUTH behind the BUSH/CHENEY distruction of the Constitution and Legal system of the United States.

What is more amazing... NO ONE on the HILL
has the HONOR and INTEGRITY to do the RIGHT
THING for the AMERICAN PEOPLE.

I personally think IF the George Washingtons, John Hamiltons and our founding fathers were here today. They would NEVER have written the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Our system of government has evolved into the Lawyers, (controlling party)... deciding HOW TO GET AROUND THE LAW to give more power to those undeserving POLITICANS
that are in office to deny the AMERICAN PEOPLE the democracy that our founding fathers had a vision of..

Amazing that our system of Democracy has lasted this long.

Posted by: Bob51550 | July 3, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I am still having difficulty connecting perjury to the fact no criminal charges were brought after the investigation or that the investigation should have stopped immediately after Armitage was exposed. Martha Stewart went to prison for lying to investigators.

Boehners' statement only adresses the charges but ignores the fact investigations might never result in charges if all involved lied to investigators or grand juries.

Victor Rita, an ill elderly 24 year veteran of the marine corps with 35 medals and service in Viet Nam and Gulf War I, was convicted of almost (but slightly less) the same charges. The Supreme Court upheld his 33 month sentence in a decision less than 2 weeks ago.

For Bush or Boehner, or anyone else, to say 30 months is excessive is ludicrous.
Fitzgeralds' statement that all standing before the bar of justice should expect and recieve the same consideration and justice is telling.

Posted by: sauerkraut | July 3, 2007 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Funny how Boehner can't help but indulge in some misdirection, again neglecting to mention that Libby was charged with perjury, not for leaking a CIA operative's identity. One cannot help but wonder if there was nothing to hide why Libby, an attorney who knew better, chose to commit four (4) felonies.

Posted by: Chris Fox | July 3, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

The deal seems clear enough. Keep your mouth shut, you won't spend time in jail. We've got people who will pay your fine. 2 years probation, cushy job in industry. Stay cool Skippy. Compared to the more than 100 death penalties Bush didn't commute in Texas, his insistence that Libby's sentence was excessive is jaw-dropping ridiculous.

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 3, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Since Libby lied to protect Bush's lie, no jail for felon doing a favor is to be expected. It is good to be king! Glad the goose-stepping minority leader has no problem with that. Hopefully he will be the minority leader for a long time to come.

Posted by: Sarah B. | July 3, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Given that his approval ratings are down to the tinfoil hat quotient, President Bush probably figured he had nothing to lose by commuting Libby.

Posted by: Sam | July 3, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I believe that Mr. Libby was found "guilty" by the media and
liberals who chose to believe
Joe Wilson's line from the beginning.

I do hope that Libby continues with an appeal - maybe we will hear more of why
his testimony was in conflict. WE do know that he did WAS NOT guilty of outing
Valerie Plame.

Posted by: Judy | July 3, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I know outing a covert CIA agent is a little complicated, Judy, but if you are going to comment, it might be nice if you paid attention to the big picture and looked up perjury in the dictionary. Even Dear Leader acknowledged the importance of truth telling to criminal investigation. Scooter lied to protect Bush's big lie. They should both be doing time.

Posted by: Sarah B. | July 3, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

lies to your friends indicates a serious character deficiency, to a grand jury by a lawyer, who knows better, a precursor to jail time.by falling on his own sword mr. libby knew in advance that he would not serve jail time. the course of action had been planned all along. he would be protecting the universal liars in the white house. now, on to a "cushy" position at the american enterprise group where he can have his coffee with another liar of the same ilk, mr. wolfowitz.

Posted by: b.driskill | July 5, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Judy, Mr. Libby was found "guilty" by a jury of his peers, despite having the best legal defense team that money can buy. Try to keep up.

Posted by: Matt | July 5, 2007 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Comparing Bill Clinton's personal problems with testimony given to the Special Prosecutor - problems with little impact on the lives of citizens - with the obstructionist approach of the Administration's top three is like comparing a chihuahua to a pit bull. Cheny et all are power grabers to feed their own greed.

Posted by: Paul20004 | July 5, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I hope the next time any Republican says "Rule Of Law" He should be laughed out of the building. These people and their party are patheic.

Posted by: Jass311 | July 5, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I hope the next time any Republican says "Rule Of Law" He should be laughed out of the building. These people and their party are patheic.

Posted by: Jass311 | July 5, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

THERE HAS GOT TO BE SOMETHING FUNDAMENTALLY WRONG WITH THIS SYSTEM WHICH HAS BEEN RAPED BY THE PEOPLE IN POWER AND ALL WE CAN DO IS ......NOTHING.

Posted by: O.S.Trich | July 5, 2007 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Libby knows the details of all the crimes hatched in the White House. He has at his fingertips all the evidence necessary to put Bush, Cheney and Rove in jail for 50 years. And to make matters even scarier for the White House, Libby plays hardball and would gladly bring them all down if he was not going to be properly protected for keeping their secrets.

My guess is that Libby also knows that Bush & Co. can not be trusted to keep their word. His pardon will have to come soon to keep Libby from telling what he knows to the congress in exchange for immunity.

Posted by: afgail | July 6, 2007 2:43 AM | Report abuse

One of the things that always mystified me about Watergate is that all the guys who wound up going to jail were lawyers who must have known that they were breaking the law when they were doing Nixon's bidding.

Scooter Libby is not only a lawyer but a top knotch one at that. He had to know he was carrying out felonies on behalf of Cheney and Bush. All the more reason for him to sit in jail for a few years for what we know he did.

Why did he do it? Was he so confident that he would escape the consequences of his felonious acts? Congress should get him under oath and given immunity immediately if it really wants to get to the truth about the war to steal Iraq's oil reserves.

Posted by: afgail | July 6, 2007 3:03 AM | Report abuse

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