The National Review Wants Libby Pardoned
Their hypocrisy is on full display:
President Bush should pardon I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. The trial that concluded in a guilty verdict on four of five counts conclusively proved only one thing: A White House aide became the target of a politicized prosecution set in motion by bureaucratic infighting and political cowardice.
Well if there were cowards involved in this: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Even the jury thought this was Cheney’s doing. But the spinmeisters at the National Review blame the CIA:
From the very beginning of the ensuing spectacle, petty agendas subverted justice. The CIA, at war with the White House, and in particular with the vice president’s office, referred the leak to the Justice Department, even though the agency certainly knew that there had been no criminal violation since Plame wasn’t “covert.”
Yes, the National Review continues its brazen dishonesty. And of course, Scooter Libby never lied to anyone:
Reasonable people can conclude that it was only Scooter Libby’s imperfect memory—not willful deception – that gave rise to the charges of lying under oath and obstruction of justice.
Really? So this jury was unreasonable? The National Review proves once again that it thinks that its readers are stupid little children that deserve to be lied to. But these lies are so incredibly stupid – one has to wonder who they are trying to convince with such utter horse$%^t?
Update: More BS from Byron York:
After three and a half years, the CIA-leak case ends with one conviction
Maybe his hair gets in the way of his ability to count but its was four convictions. But this is the part where Mr. York flat out lied (again):
On virtually every day of the perjury and obstruction of justice trial of Lewis Libby, it was hard not to imagine that the jurors were asking themselves, “Why is this guy on trial?” Why wasn’t Richard Armitage, the former State Department official who first leaked the identity of Valerie Plame Wilson, in the courtroom? Or Ari Fleischer, the former White House press secretary who told reporters about Mrs. Wilson? Or Karl Rove, the top White House aide who ever-so-briefly discussed her with journalists? As it turns out, that is exactly what jurors were thinking. “There was a tremendous amount of sympathy for Mr. Libby on the jury,” said juror Denis Collins, the only one of the 11 jurors who chose to speak to the press after the verdict. “It was said a number of times, ‘What are we doing with this guy here? Where’s Rove? Where are these other guys?’ I’m not saying we didn’t think Mr. Libby was guilty of the things we found him guilty of. It seemed like he was, as [Libby attorney Ted] Wells put it, he was the fall guy.”
The “other guys” is not a reference not to Richard Armitage. It was a reference to Dick Cheney. But Mr. York can’t say that as his job is to carry the water for these traitors in the White House. York has lied for the past 3.5 years and his predictions of an acquittal fell flat on his dishonest face. Oh well – the campaign for the pardon phase of this cover-up begins.