From CNS News:
Former vice presidential aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby was found guilty Tuesday on four of five counts of obstruction of justice, perjury and lying to investigators probing who leaked the identity of CIA operative.
Libby was found not guilty on one count, that of lying to the FBI.
This was just ridiculous, how could an intelligent jury come to this conclusion? I followed the trial enough to know that everyone’s testimony was confusing and contradictory. It is ok for everyone else to be wrong when talking to the FBI or the Grand Jury, but he could not possibly have just been mistaken? Between this and the Campian/Ramos trials and I have lost all trust in the jury system.
The Left and Democrats are loving it of course…
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid welcomed the verdict.
“It’s about time someone in the Bush Administration has been held accountable for the campaign to manipulate intelligence and discredit war critics,” the Nevada Democrat said in a statement.
“Lewis Libby has been convicted of perjury, but his trial revealed deeper truths about Vice President Cheney’s role in this sordid affair,” he added. “Now President Bush must pledge not to pardon Libby for his criminal conduct.”
In her response, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took a similar line.
“This trial provided a troubling picture of the inner workings of the Bush Administration,” she said in a statement. “The testimony unmistakably revealed – at the highest levels of the Bush Administration – a callous disregard in handling sensitive national security information and a disposition to smear critics of the war in Iraq.”
Libby could face up to 25 years in prison, although he’s expected to receive a shorter sentence under federal sentencing guidelines.
This trial showed nothing, no one was charged or convicted for leaking the name of a covert operative, because Plame was not a covert agent as defined in the law!
I love it Bill Clinton admitted to lying under oath and nothing happens to him. Not only that, the Left came to Billy boy’s defense! But over this stupidity an individual might go to jail over nothing and they are estatic! Why, because it is a Republican and better yet part of the Bush administration.