Friday, October 28, 2005

Libby Is Indicted and Has Resigned

From CNN:

Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, indicted by grand jury on charges of obstruction of justice, making false statements and perjury in CIA leak probe.

Fox News, according to Wonkette, is reporting that he has resigned.

The Office of Special Counsel website is expected to post the entire statement at some point.

Note that Mr. Libby has been indicted, as expected, not for outing Valerie Plame, but for lying to the grand jury and obstruction of justice. The Republicans have already trotted out the dead horse that it’s pretty thin soup to only indict for the cover-up when you can’t prove the crime. Okay, so then we can expect the Republicans to walk back the impeachment of Bill Clinton for the very same charges and forget the whole thing? I think not.

We can’t forget the larger story behind all of this: people in the Bush administration actively pursued someone who criticized their efforts to get us into the war in Iraq, and in doing so they used classified information to exact that revenge. It’s not just about the lying to the grand jury. It’s the whole trail of getting us into a war under suspicious circumstances that needs to be investigated, and we also have to ask ourselves whether or not we should really be comfortable having people who do things like this in charge of the government. Some would say that this is political hardball and it’s the way they do things in Washington, D.C. and there’s a fine line between political retribution and breaking the law. No, there is not. The line isn’t fine at all. To anyone with a sense of moral decency the line is a huge flashing neon sign that makes the Las Vegas strip look like a night-light. If you can’t see it, you have no business being anywhere near a position of power or being in the position of influencing the agenda of this government.

To the credit of the Bush administration, there has been no proof that anyone got a blowjob in the White House. At least we’re safe from moral degeneracy on that point.

Updated at 1:37 p.m.