Pardon Lewis Libby

Clarice Feldman at American Thinker argues that Lewis Libby should be pardoned (earlier his sentence was commuted, but his conviction for lying to FBI investigators still stands).

I agree entirely. The case concerning the supposed leak of Valerie Plame’s identity was a manifest fraud from the start. Very early in the investigation, federal special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald learned that the information about Plame had come innocently from Colin Powell’s lieutenant Richard Armitage at the State Department. But Fitzgerald, who, I believe, is an evil man, did not reveal this crucial fact to the public. Instead, he led the public to go on believing for years that a crime had occurred in the leaking of Valerie Plame’s identity, when he knew that no crime had occurred, and he kept the investigation going for years just to keep it going and advance his fame and career. Conducting investigations for the sake of conducting investigations, in the hope that somewhere along the line, someone will tell a lie about something, even if it’s not related to any crime, is a course of action worthy of a totalitarian country.

As Feldman shows, the false statement Libby was convicted for making, concerning his recollection of what he told Tim Russert in a phone conversation, had to do with a matter that at the time of the conversation was thoroughly inconsequential and that he had no need to remember. The judge denied Libby the ability to bring forward expert witnesses showing how memory can be flawed in such instances. The judge also denied Libby the ability to show what his mind was actually occupied with (the Iraq war) at the time the disputed conversation occurred.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 12, 2009 07:52 AM | Send

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