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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-17-06 11:19 PM
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Pardon talk for Libby begins

http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/ny-uspar...

Pardon talk for Libby begins

WASHINGTON -- Now that top White House aide Karl Rove is off the hook in the CIA leak probe, President George W. Bush must weigh whether to pardon former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the only one indicted in the three-year investigation.

Speculation about a pardon began in late October, soon after Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald unsealed the perjury indictment of Libby, and it continued last week after Fitzgerald chose not to charge Rove.

"I think ultimately, of course, there are going to be pardons," said Joseph diGenova, a former prosecutor and an old Washington hand who shares that view with many pundits.

"These are the kinds of cases in which historically presidents have given pardons," said the veteran Republican attorney.
The White House remains mum on the president's intentions. Spokeswoman Dana Perino declined to comment Friday.



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Brigid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-17-06 11:20 PM
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1. Pardon? Why?
Why do you need a pardon when you haven't done anything wrong? :sarcasm:
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 01:20 AM
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16. Like that Dirt Bag NIXON
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-17-06 11:21 PM
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2. There should be no pardon
But if there is to be one, let it be two weeks before the mid-term elections.
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IndyJones Donating Member (583 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-17-06 11:22 PM
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3. Does anyone expect he WON'T be pardoned? Breaking the law
gets you rewarded by this administration.
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grytpype Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-17-06 11:24 PM
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4. Of course Bush will pardon Libby, to prevent the trial.
The trial will expose the plot to discredit Wilson and, in part, the plot to trick America into thinking Saddam had WMDs. Bush can't let that happen.
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snappyturtle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-17-06 11:26 PM
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5. That's sickening! Predictable though. nt
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journalist3072 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-17-06 11:29 PM
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6. I hope Bush pardons Libby. He needs to do it.
It will be the ultimate demonstration to the American people that this President cares nothing about national security or keeping Americans safe.

It will show that his aides were so concerned with his political viability, that they outed a covert CIA operative with unofficial cover.

So, let him pardon Libby.
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 12:38 AM
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14. He'll Do It. They'll Just MAKE the Press Talk About Something Else
and that will be the end of it.
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Benhurst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-17-06 11:30 PM
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7. This should harldly come as a surprise. The scumbag will probably
end up pardoning himself.
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hang a left Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-17-06 11:30 PM
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8. floating the pardon idea already.
They don't like all those pre-trial motions and responses being disseminated.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-17-06 11:34 PM
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9. I was thinking more along the lines of the death penalty
Edited on Sat Jun-17-06 11:43 PM by bluestateguy
That's what Libby deserves anyway. But silly me, that would only be if we actually took white collar crime seriously in this country.

Prediction: Libby pardoned after the election, around Christmas.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-17-06 11:39 PM
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10. "These are the kinds of cases in which historically presidents have given
Bull, only Bush Sr. pardon wrongdoers from his own administration, for crimes which he was connected to.

Most presidents have the courtesy and grace, to leave the honor to the next president.

If Bush is allowed to get away with this crap, there will never be any accountability for this misadministration.

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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 12:01 AM
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12. So, a better quote would be:
"These are the kinds of cases in which historically Bush presidents have given pardons".
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LiviaOlivia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-17-06 11:57 PM
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11. Joe DiGenova=RW liar of the first order
and paid RW media mouthpiece. A pardon may happen or not but if DiGenoa is the spreading the word then consider the source.

Oh and fuck BuchCo.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 12:03 AM
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13. I'm surprised diGenova hasn't asked for a pardon for himself....
....after he lied in order to FIX things for Father Bush a few years back. An "investigation" under the authority of diGenova, then a U.S. attorney, rigged to absolve Father Bush of criminality.

DiGenova is a known Bush FIXER.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 12:55 AM
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15. He screamed bloody murder when Clinton even considered pardoning Pollard
Clinton didn't pardon him by the way.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 05:51 AM
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19. Bush can not be allowed
to get away with such a blatant abuse of power.

One more reason to make sure we take back Congress in the fall.

One more reason why the GOP will cheat again and do everything they can to steal another election.

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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 01:39 AM
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17. If it's wrong or evil, I would expect nothing less from these SOBs. (nt)
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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 05:22 AM
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18. Bush will pardon Libby after the 2006 midterm elections.
Libby's trial date is set for January 2007. They have the time.
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Mike Nelson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 07:39 AM
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20. He'll pardon after stealing Congress in 2006.
He is THE DECIDER!
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 07:50 AM
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21. What did I miss this week? Since when is Rove 'off the hook'?
I completely missed that.
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Senator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 08:01 AM
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22. Hmm... is there such a thing as a "Sealed Pardon" ???
I know, stupid question. The neofascists do everything else unlawfully and in secrecy so of course there can be.

It would explain a lot.

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leesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 08:16 AM
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23. Will there even BE an investigation into who outed Plame??
This is all such a bad joke.
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sattahipdeep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 08:51 AM
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26. Our worst fears have been realized. Fitzgerald is their hero ...
Lockheed Martin....James Comey

Patrick J. Fitzgerald began serving as the United States Attorney
for the Northern District of Illinois on September 1, 2001.
Mr. Fitzgerald was initially appointed on an interim basis by
Attorney General John Ashcroft before being nominated by
President George W. Bush.

http://www.apfn.org/apfn/Fitzgerald.htm
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 08:19 AM
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24. White males in this country can get away with everything.
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 08:50 AM
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25. Just like all the pardons after Iran-Contra
These people give each other get out of jail free cards like they're candy. Then they come back again to do whatever.
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splat@14 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 08:52 AM
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27. Ken Lay & Jeff Skilling will also be pardoned I'll wager.....n/t
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journalist3072 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 10:15 AM
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30. Speaking of which
Jeffrey Skilling is now saying he contemplated suicide.

So one has to wonder if this is an effort to garner some sympathy, in order to obtain a pardon.

I'm a very compassionate person, and I'll cry for people at the drop of a hat, but it's hard for me to be very sympathetic towards Skilling when many of Enron's employees are not out of their life savings because of him.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13389911 /


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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 02:44 PM
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37. I don't know why Bush would pardon anyone
that he can't even remember? :sarcasm:
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 09:08 AM
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28. historically? you mean like the shitbag's shitbaggier daddy?
they have no shame or fear of retribution, do they?
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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 09:25 AM
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29. might depend on outcome of elections
But the timing of a pardon, the attorney suggested, likely would depend on the outcome of the midterm elections.

If Republicans retain control of Congress, Bush could act swiftly. But if Democrats win control of the House or Senate, Bush might wait, and use Libby's trial as an excuse not to cooperate with any congressional investigations into the leak.
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Memory Container Donating Member (108 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 12:32 PM
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31. And the bush-bots will applaud the injustice...
Can't they grasp that condoning this sort of activity will eventually lead to lower quality intelligence?

Are they so plug stupid that they can't understand that allowing criminal behavior in government ultimately weakens America?

I'M SO F'ING SICK OF STUPID PEOPLE!!!!!!
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 02:08 PM
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33. No. Yes. Me too. nt
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Miss Chybil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 02:04 PM
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32. Why would anyone expect anything less?
These people have turned this country upside down with complete impunity. Why would they start accepting responsibility for their actions now?
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Paula Sims Donating Member (327 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 02:15 PM
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34. It depends on how much Libby sings
If Libby starts pointing fingers and sings, then Bush might not pardon him. If he remains a good little Bundist, he might be. However, you get bet your sweet Pioneer Status that Lay and Delay will be getting "get out of jail free" cards. I could also see a blanket pardon for the entire administration, a la Ford.

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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 02:40 PM
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35. Then Fitz Should Charge Libby With Conspiracy and Treason
There is no pardon for treason.
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 02:42 PM
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36. This should never have been allowed as a Presidential power
It is the last vestiges of monarchy that wormed its way into our laws.
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 02:59 PM
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38. Activist Presidents!
:wow:
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Rageneau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 03:50 PM
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39. A pardon for Libby would just be more proof of the corruption of the GOP
As if we needed more proof that Republicans are without personal honor or even public honesty. Every time some Republican tries to say that the GOP has the high moral ground, I think of things like this and fume.
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 05:22 PM
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40. If bush Pardons Libby it only proves he is a traitor...
The Worm will turn to this evil...
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Mrspeeker Donating Member (671 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-18-06 06:18 PM
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41. "historically presidents have given pardons"
LOL yeah boy I didn't see this comming.
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