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Friday, October 28, 2005

Libby Indicted, Rove Survives for Now

VP chief of staff Lewis "scooter" Libby was indicted today on 5 counts related to the CIA leak case. Perjury two counts, obstruction of justice one count, and making false statements two counts. Karl Rove was spared today, although he still remains under investigation. Libby is accused of lying to the FBI and the grand jury regarding his handling of information pertaining to Valerie Plame. Libby resigned his post this morning as word came down of his pending indictment. President Bush and Vice President Cheney both issued statements shortly thereafter.

It is interesting to note that Libby was not charged with the original crime of outing a covert CIA agent. This does not necessarily mean that a crime was not committed, as most Republicans are claiming (and you would expect them to). It just means that the burden of proof for this crime is almost unattainable. Under the 1982 there has only been one conviction. In 1985 a CIA officer was convicted under the statute and sentenced to 5 years in jail. But the case was pled guilty so it never made it to trial therefore the burden of proof was never tested. Who really knows what lies in a person head or heart? How can you possibly prove what someone was thinking when they committed an act?

If convicted on all counts, Libby could face up to 30 years in prison and up to a 1.25 million dollar fine. That is unlikely though. What is more interesting is how did Libby, a man known for his meticulous attention to detail and information, a man who is considered among the smartest in D.C., get caught on such a stupid lie. How could he so foolishly put himself at such peril. Can we honestly believe that this man thought he could concoct this story and get away with it? I don't think Libby is that dumb at all. Specially when there is documentation that contradicts what he told the grand jury (and I am sure he was aware that these documents existed). So, why did Libby lie? Is he protecting someone, or something? If so, who or what? One thing is for sure, there is more to this story than meets the eye. Will we ever know the whole truth? I certainly hope so.

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