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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Libby Just Can't Remember

How can poor Scooter be expected to remember all of his acts of treason?

The lawyer for Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide is outlining a possible criminal defense that is a time-honored tradition in Washington scandals: A busy official immersed in important duties cannot reasonably be expected to remember details of long-ago conversations. [...] Libby, who resigned immediately, was operating amid "the hectic rush of issues and events at a busy time for our government," according to a statement released by his attorney, Joseph Tate.

Let's just clear the air on this ridiculous obfuscating early on: Libby was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice, because he impeded the investigation, making it impossible for the prosecutor to gather enough evidence to charge him with the substantive crime. This is not just a technicality he fell into... He willingly chose to lie and distort the facts to protect himself and the others involved. As Fitzgerald put it with his baseball analogy, he threw sand in the eyes of the umpire.

Scooter is far from being a victim here; he is a liar, a disgrace to his oath of office, and a traitor to his country. And on that note, the "journalists" who continue to propagate this spin are no better than he.

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