WASHINGTON: President Trump will pardon Lewis “Scooter” Libby. Libby’s conviction, among other federal charges, is “lying to the FBI.” Indeed, lying to the FBI is a catchall for we want to get you with something, so here you’re a liar, liar, pants on fire. Likewise, a Libby pardon is creating panic among the liberal class and deep-state. The concern is future pardons for those now being Scootered by Mueller in his “not going anywhere Russia collusion narrative.”
Prosecutorial mission creep
It was Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald’s mandate to discover who in the administration of President George W. Bush was the leaker of the identity of CIA analyst and chair-warmer extraordinaire, Valerie Plame, to the press.
Libby, then chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, was thought to be responsible for the leak. Or at least of knowing the identity of the leaker.
Libby would serve two years and six months in federal prison for perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal investigators.
And here’s the kicker difference
This cannot be stressed enough, Libby was not the leaker. It was longtime State Department functionary Richard Armitage, who was never questioned in the Plame matter, nor spent one second behind prison bars.
Libby was the victim of prosecutorial mission creep.
How did the fall of Lewis “Scooter” Libby begin?
In 2001, Vice President Dick Cheney asked a simple question of our Deep-State protectors, the CIA:
Was the regime of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein attempting to purchase yellowcake uranium for its nuclear weapons program from the African nation Niger?
After all, following the first Gulf War of 1991, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors discovered nuclear-enriching centrifuges at a previously unknown research facility in Iraq.
Today, these sit in the Iraqi desert so U.S. spy satellites can monitor them.
Cheney wanted to know if Saddam was continuing to develop the ultimate in weapons of mass destruction.
What Cheney didn’t know is that Valerie Plame sent her husband, Joseph Wilson, to Niger on a fact finding mission. The leftist wingnut holdover from the Clinton administration. Oh, and she did not clear this with then-CIA Director George J. Tenent.
“Based on my experience with the administration in the months leading up to the [March 19, 2003] war [with Iraq],” wrote Wilson in an op-ed for the New York Times, “I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq’s nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat.”
Look what is in the rose garden
But less than a month prior to Wilson’s op-ed, CNN reported the discovery of some interesting items found buried in the rose garden of Mahdi Obeidi in Iraq. They were “parts of a gas centrifuge system for enriching uranium [that] were part of a highly sophisticated system he was ordered to hide to be ready to rebuild the [nuclear] bomb program.”
“I don’t want this to proliferate, Obeidi told CNN, “because of its potential consequences if it falls into the hands of tyrants, in the hands of dictators or of terrorists.”
President George W. Bush certainly mishandled the Iraq war. Consequently, going in with a “small military footprint,” Al Qaeda, Saddam’s defeated military, and Iran were able to form insurgent militias.
But the preemptive invasion of Iraq clearly prevented Saddam from developing nuclear weapons.
More recently, Ambassador Wilson gave his response to the Libby pardon to MSNBC with the usual wingnut, Trump-Derangement-Syndrome non-sequitur:
“I don’t’ think he [Trump] actually has a mind. I think he basically is very venal, is looking to get himself through to the next day and put as many fucking dollars into his bank account as he possibly can.”
Why the Libby pardon frightens Democrats and the media
Clearly, none exists.
As yet, only 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian companies are under indictment. Their crime? Engaging in what amounts to nothing more than high school hijinks in the 2016 presidential election.
A score of individuals associated with Trump have been, to put it bluntly, Scootered by Mueller.
But a score of individuals associated with Trump have been, to put it bluntly, Scootered by Mueller. In other words, snagged for “lying to the FBI,” not for participating in the conspiracy to hijack the presidential contest.
Nevertheless, in pardoning Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Trump may be saying he is ready to pardon the victims of Mueller’s prosecutorial overreach with no regard to the whining of the pro-Saddam/Hillary left and their friends in the fake-news media.
And while he’s at it, Trump should fire Robert Mueller before he Scooters again.
Top image: Vice President Cheney with National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and
Chief of Staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC). Taken Sept. 11, 2001. Photo: National Archives.