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Scooter Libby Grabs Fast Train Out of Town

Having graduated from the "famous-for-Washington" to just plain "famous" - or infamous - category, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was spotted grabbing a beverage at the Starbucks in Union Station this morning before hopping the Acela to New York.

Sporting his top coat and pulling two small bags stacked on a roller cart, Libby may have been on his way to visit his attorney, Ted Wells, at the Manhattan-based firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

The kids working behind the counter at Starbucks clearly recognized Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Cheney who faces a maximum of 25 years in prison after being convicted of lying to a grand jury and an FBI agent investigating the leak of the identify of CIA operative Valerie Plame. They gestured toward the former White House powerbroker, then started whispering and giggling.

Libby is scheduled to be sentenced on June 5, though he plans to appeal. In the meantime, he's able to jump all the Amtrak trains he wants, as he is free on personal recognizance.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 19, 2007; 2:30 PM ET
 
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Quick! Someone grab his passport and send it to GITMO.

Posted by: Will in Seattle | March 19, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

They spit in Scooter's coffee.

Posted by: coffee barista | March 19, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Maybe IRVING is huddling with Ted to try to figure out how he can salvage his law licenses in PA and DC now that he is a convicted felon. When you're convicted of a felony - usually you're disbarred. Happy trails IRVING.

Posted by: champlain | March 19, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Another example of inequality in America. I bet if he does any time it will be like Goodfellas.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 19, 2007 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Sandy Berger is free on his own recognizance, too, even though he should be in jail. Who else can we add to this category?

Posted by: Jim | March 19, 2007 8:00 PM | Report abuse

That was lame use news space. Check out the Politics section of today's (3/19) Washington Post..."Bush Cast as King Lear." I found it insightful and powerful reading.

Posted by: Skinny Vinny | March 19, 2007 11:35 PM | Report abuse

So WHAT? This is news?

Posted by: Thomas | March 20, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Wait a minute! What was he WEARING???

Posted by: John Dope | March 20, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Libby cooked his own goose and must go enjoy it in jail.

Does his freedom to this extent mean that some Americans are lesser being especially after being convicted of a felony?

Posted by: Herbert-Jean Awuor | March 21, 2007 5:56 AM | Report abuse

He did what? HAD SEX WITH that WOMAN? What did he say to the Grand Jury. And what's so grand about a Grand Jury that releases private testimony? jes akin'

Posted by: John | March 21, 2007 11:29 AM | Report abuse

He did what? HAD SEX WITH that WOMAN? What did he say to the Grand Jury. And what's so grand about a Grand Jury that releases private testimony? jes askin'

Posted by: John | March 21, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Let's see. Impeachment or 25 years in jail? Oh yeah!, the former impeached president is free on his own recognizance as well...for the same crime. I guess Scooter's in the wrong party.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 21, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to remind "John" that impeachment is NOT the same as conviction. Clinton was not found guilty of any crime, so he's as free to walk the streets as "John." It's sad that some critics know so little about American government.

Posted by: Dick Brandlon | March 21, 2007 8:50 PM | Report abuse

When Libby goes to prison will he be with the other GOP CRIMINALS of the NIXON era? That would be an interesting group of felons. If they were all put in the same cell-block it could be called CELL-BLOCK-GOP.(not GET OUT OF PRISON)There would be alot of political experience with all the GOP inmates NUNN,ABRAMOFF,CUNNINGHAM, Delay (There may be more in the future)they could start their own Government.

Posted by: RAYG | March 22, 2007 5:58 AM | Report abuse

Too bad Libby didn't commit a real crime. Yes Clinton lied to the grand jury and Berger stole from the National Archives but Libby did what Russert and the rest do daily and we can't have that.

Posted by: Luis Sam | March 23, 2007 12:25 PM | Report abuse

"Too bad Libby didn't commit a real crime."

Really? Wow! Perjury and obstruction of
justice are not real crimes?
What is? Pulling the tags off mattresses?

Posted by: Yizmo Gizmo | April 2, 2007 5:48 AM | Report abuse

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