One of the worst things that backstabbing President George W. Bush did during his eight years in the White House was to turn his back on Lewis “Scooter” Libby during the fake investigation into the outing of a CIA agent. Liberals loved Bush’s perfidy, mind you, but it was really a low from Bush. But now, it looks like President Donald Trump is about to revisit Bush’s mistake and right that wrong by pardoning Libby.
According to The Hill newspaper:
The president has reportedly already signed off on the pardon for Libby, who was convicted in 2007 for lying to the FBI and obstructing justice in the investigation into who leaked the identity of ex-CIA agent Valerie Plame.
First of all, this is really going to tick off the left. So, on that level alone, it is lovely.
We know how the left will loathe this by looking at what nearly ever news report already says about this care. Just look how both The Hill and ABC News reported this news, for instance…
According to The Hill: “Libby would mark Trump’s second pardon of a controversial figure since he took office.”
And as for ABC: “The move would mark another controversial pardon for Trump and could raise questions as an increasing number of the president’s political allies have landed themselves in legal jeopardy.”
Controversial? Why is that? Well, its because liberals say it is controversial, not because there is anything actually controversial about it. What is really controversial is that Libby was never pardoned by Bush back in 2007. That is the real trouble, here.
But, leave it to the liberal media to toe the liberal line on what is deemed “controversial” and what isn’t.
But, secondly, Scoter Libby did nothing at all worthy of jail. Indeed, Libby is just another victim of a corrupt FBI run by liberals who care more about pushing liberal political goals than in serving this nation with the truth.
Libby was Bush’s sacrificial lamb during the Valerie Plame debacle back in 2006. The 43rd president was a coward by only commuting Libby’s sentence instead of giving him a full pardon like he should have.
After all, Libby, who was Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, was not “convicted” of having anything to do with uncovering the identity of a CIA officer (which is a crime). He was convicted on the fake “crime” of “lying to an FBI official.”
I call it a fake crime only in as much as it is the FBI’s last resort to “get” someone on something — on ANYTHING — once they have failed to find any evidence on the actual crime they were investigating. Sure, “lying to the FBI” is a crime, such as it is. But it isn’t the sort of conviction that the FBI goes into an investigation trying to realize. It is a last resort sort of charge that they only use when they can’t get someone on anything else. It is also mostly just an act of entrapment so it’s not a strictly a “real” crime, if you will.
The FBI basically sets you up for this outcome by bombarding you with BS for hours on end until you somehow cross yourself up in testimony. Essentially, it is the FBI’s most cowardly, last resort action when all else fails. And by “when all else fails,” I mean when THEY fail to do their job.
So, what was Libby’s “lie” to the FBI? He initially told the FBI that he never told anyone that Valerie Plame was a CIA operative. But, later he admitted that he heard VP Cheney say it a month before the earlier time he claimed he knew of it.
He wasn’t convicted of being the source that outed a CIA operative. He also wasn’t the source of any cover up. He just forgot when he heard it. Big deal.
Libby appealed his convictions (one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury, and one count of making false statements) but lost and was sentenced to a 30-month prison sentence. Before tat sentence could begin, the cowardly George W. Bush stepped in and commuted the former staffer’s sentence. Bush didn’t pardon Libby, only made sure he didn’t have to serve any jail time. It was a low blow by Bush, something he of which he should be ashamed.
In the end, it was a deep state operative named Richard Armitage who in 2003 was the first official to leak to columnist Robert Novak that Valerie Plame was once in the CIA, not Scooter Libby or anyone on Cheney’s staff.
Indeed, Armitage, a former Deputy Secretary of State, admitted as much in 2006. Armitage has always claimed he did so “accidentally” instead of as an effort to discredit liberals, but regardless, Armitage was never punished for his actions.
Why was Armitage allowed to go Scot free? Because the Clinton-appointees in the FBI and the Department of Justice — people who Bush never bothered to replace when he won the White House in 2000 — wanted to put Dick Cheney in jail. Their initial goal was to topple the vice president. But they failed miserably to find any proof to implicate Cheney in the crime they were looking to hang on him. So, Scooter Libby was the next best thing they could get to fulfill their political aims (which were to hurt the Bush administration by any means necessary).
A conviction for Richard Armitage would not help the liberal-infused FBI’s goals or damaging Bush. But a conviction of VP Cheney’s chief of staff would. So, Libby unfairly became their target because that was as close as they could come to Bush’s inner circle — if not to Bush himself.
Sadly, the cowardly George W. Bush just stepped back and let the corrupt FBI and DOJ wreck their damage. Just like he did for eight years, Bush cowered in a corner and did nothing about the body blows he took every single day.
And that brings us back to today and Donald Trump’s coming pardon of Libby. Trump doesn’t cower in a corner and whimper like Bush. He fights back. And that is why so many Americans love him.
Trump has now officially pardoned Libby. Per the Associated Press:
BREAKING: White House: Trump pardons former Cheney aide Scooter Libby, saying he was 'treated unfairly' by special counsel. https://t.co/TElbfDBcjn
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 13, 2018