Lewis I. “Scooter” Libby was found guilty on four of the five charges against him including Obstruction of Justice, Perjury, and lying to the FBI. He was found innocent of another charge of lying to the Feds.
Cue the netnuts.
This proves Bush lied about WMD in Iraq. He knew prior to the invasion that we would find no WMD there. Never mind that if Bush knew there were no weapons of mass destruction that you must assume he either wanted to lose the war or didn’t want to win re-election. That’s because if we won the war, that would mean a search for WMD that he already knew weren’t there – handing his opponents a ready made charge that against any other Democrat save John Kerry, would probably have cost him the election.
No matter. This also proves that Busco and Evil Karl would rather have outed a super duper, super secret, CIA agent than have their “lies” about WMD exposed. Except no one was charged with any crime relating to outing a clandestine agent because the agent wasn’t clandestine as the Prosecutor Fitzgerald made clear.
And the left’s extraordinary concern about not ruining anything or anyone at the CIA may be the biggest irony in politics of the last half a century. They have worked about that long to destroy or emasculate the agency that they now claim to have such empathy and concern for. To believe that they cared one whit about damage to national security is to believe in fairies (the magical kind). What they cared about was the political damage such an investigation could do to the Bush Administration.
This led so many of them to eagerly embrace every rumor, every hint about the investigation that pointed to the “imminent” indictment of a dozen or so former and current White House officials including Karl Rove, Vice President Cheney, and the Bush’s dog Spot. (Note: Spot passed away before he could be called to testify against Rove.) Watching the left wait for Fitzmas after Fitzmas, constantly proclaiming ever longer ever more fantastic lists of officials who would be brought up on charges, engendered feelings of pity and humor. A truly pathetic performance by all those members of the so-called “Reality Based Community” who will, I’m sure, spin this verdict into “proving” their grand conspiracy theories about evil Bush and his band of constitution tearing, bloodthirsty war mongering incompetent boobs.
Instead, all they got was Scooter Libby who lied to the FBI and the Grand Jury about who told him what and when about a non-clandestine CIA agent who was married to someone who has been proven a liar by at least two investigations.
What the verdict proves is that you should never lie to the FBI or the grand jury. That’s all. Anything else is fantasy.
Did the Administration deliberately try to discredit loose cannon Wilson? Since the guy was shopping his classified trip to Niger for 6 months prior to his editorial in the New York Times and believed him to be lying through his teeth, the answer is yes. Did they think that revealing the fact that Valerie Plame joined others in recommending her husband for the junket to Niger might discredit Wilson? Again, the answer is yes.
But context is everything. And considering the fact that there was (and still is) a faction in the intelligence community opposed to the Administration’s foreign policy and that this cabal used leaks in order to not only discredit the Bush Administration but also to deliberately interfere in the 2004 Presidential election, one can understand this “push back” by the Bushies while still condemning it.
Scooter Libby is going to jail. Kind of a dismal scalp for Fitzgerald to hang on his lodgepole but after nearly 4 years of investigations, it’s all he had.
I will add to this update as the afternoon wears on.
First stop, Michelle Malkin who rounds up some early react. Keep clicking back because I’m sure she’ll add to it as the day goes on.
Ian at Hot Air has the video of defense attorney statement.