In the news today was a story on FoxNews.com that was all about what a Democrat says about what President Bush did with the Scooter Libby thing. Here is what it says:
Rep. Conyers Wants Bush to Explain Why He Commuted Libby’s Prison Sentence
Monday , July 09, 2007
House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers exhorted President Bush Monday to allow top aides to explain to Congress why Bush commuted I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s prison sentence.
In a letter to Bush on Monday, Conyers said the commutation was troubling and could eliminate Libby’s incentive to provide information about the administration’s role in leaking the identity of former CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson.
Libby, who was a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for obstructing justice in a federal probe of the leak.
Bush, calling the sentence excessive, used his executive authority last week to commute the sentence, sparing Libby from prison.
Conyers, D-Mich., urged Bush “to waive Executive Privilege and provide the relevant documents and testimony of any relevant aides regarding your decision to commute Mr. Libby’s sentence.”
The congressman said that his committee on Wednesday will hold a hearing to “explore the grave questions that arise when the Presidential clemency power is used to erase criminal penalties for high-ranking executive branch employees whose offenses relate to their work for the President.”
Conyers acknowledged that President Clinton pardoned Marc Rich, whose ex-wife was a major Clinton campaign donor. But Clinton waived executive privilege and allowed top aides to testify before Congress about that matter, Conyers noted in his letter.
The White House did not have an immediate response to the letter.
In another development, White House counsel Fred Fielding told U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton that the confusion over Libby’s commuted sentence is unnecessary.
Bush forced the CIA leak case into uncharted legal territory last week when he commuted Libby’s prison term. The president wiped away the sentence but left in place Libby’s two years of supervised release.
But supervised release — a form of probation — is available only to people who have served prison time. Without prison, Walton had said earlier, it’s unclear what happens next.
Walton said in court documents that the law “does not appear to contemplate a situation in which a defendant may be placed under supervised release without first completing a term of incarceration.”
In a letter to the judge, Fielding said that Libby should simply report to probation officers as if he was recently released from prison. Under supervised release, Libby would have to submit written reports to probation officers each month and secure full-time employment. He would be prohibited from traveling without permission.
Libby has already paid a $250,000 fine.
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald and Libby’s attorneys were also expected to weigh in on the confusion Monday.
Now I have some major problems with the Democrats here. And what they are doing with this Scooter Libby thing shows just how much contempt they actually have for the president. They want to know just why President Bush commuted Libby’s sentence, some even going so far as to say that President Bush gave him clemency. Well, he didn’t.
President Bush, unlike Clinton, didn’t pardon Scooter Libby. Mr. Libby still has the fines to pay for this, which he already has, and it is still on his record, and he has lost his career over this, and he shouldn’t have. Mr. Libby did nothing wrong but have a faulty memory after several years passed….and who of us can remember everything that happened years ago?
The other day, Mrs. Hillary Clinton (yes I called her Mrs Clinton because now it is convenient for her to be married to Bill for her campaign sake) said it was elevating cronyism over the rule of law. You can see what this woman says on YouTube.
The problem is, during her husbands presidency, Bill actually pardoned over 200 people in the last 24 hours of his presidency, and Hillary had a hand in a lot of those. People who included Bills brother for things far worse than Scooter Libby ever did. No one questioned Bill! Well, of course not. He was a democrat and nothing they do is wrong. NOT!!!!!!
Now I am getting very tired of the Clintons and their double standards. They both have them. Nothing a Republican does is right. Nothing, in their eyes….and their hatred of Bush knows no bounds. They are the same as most of your front running Democrats. Kerry, Kennedy, Murtha, Palosi, need I go on?
What I have to say to Hellery, and the rest of the Democrats is this…..look into your own backgrounds before you bring up “cronyism”, a word that shouldn’t even apply here.
Mrs. Clinton, you have whitewater and other things in your past that haven’t been cleared up…..and your husband Bill, purjured himself when it came to Monica, and you stood by him, when he gave the nation a new meaning to Oral Sex. Hell anymore, it isn’t sex anymore is it?!?!
So, before your open your mouths and put your big feet in it or something else, think before you rant. Might save you a little embarrassment later on….because there will be some.
President Bush did the right thing by commuting the sentence, as Scooter Libby did nothing wrong. But what he did do wrong, was he didn’t pardon him…..which he should have done.
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