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6/19/06

A pardonable issue?


 

Carolyn Kay

Haven’t I warned about this?  Joseph diGenova (see below) is a shill for the Bush administration.  And I wouldn’t doubt that he’s been hired by Libby and/or the administration to float the idea of a pardon for Libby, so it won’t come as such a surprise when it happens.

But Democrats can pre-empt this pre-emptive strike, if  they have the courage to do so.  The only limitation on the presidential pardon is that it can’t be given “in cases of impeachment”.  If Democrats were to find some way to start impeachment proceedings against Dick Cheney, based on his authorization to leak classified information for political reasons, they might be able to say that Libby can’t be pardoned because he is part of the impeachment proceedings.  At least they can try.  Does anyone think the Republicans wouldn’t be spouting about this 24/7, if the shoe were on the other foot?

From New York Newsday:

A pardonable issue?

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…

"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…

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