It's my understanding that GW did not pardon the two agents, but simply commuted thier sentences. Is that not correct?
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That is correct. That is what they (agents and their lawyers) applied for, not a pardon. Given the fact it took so long and the conspiracy necessary to get them convicted in the first place they felt it was not realistic to get a pardon so they went with the commutation instead.
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Scooter Libby has spent enough time in jail for his perjury. Commuting his sentence was the correct thing to do IMHO.
I recall there was a president who lied consistently until a little blue dress shed new light on his story. He never spent a minute in jail.
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1. Obstruction of Justice
2. False statements to FBI investigators (Concerning conversations with Tim Russert)
3. Perjury to the Grand Jury (Russert conversation)
4. Perjury to the Grand Jury (Cooper conversation)
Your statement " His supposed crime came after the investigation was underway and the prosecutor knew that Richard Armitage was the leaker" infers that once a investigation is underway, anything that is discovered after it is started is something you can't be charged with is just not true.
Let's not forget that the perjury charges are the same offenses that Bill Clinton commited and was impeached for. If I remember right it was the right wingers screaming that the rule of law must be upheld and that justice must be served.
I think the Plame matter was so badly handled that the only decent thing was to commute Libby's sentence. Novak and Armitage were more culpable than Libby and they skated. Libby was protecting Old Sureshot. I think he knew he was headed for a fall.
in the next four years we will look back and think w was a great president