Lewis "Scooter" Libby Update
Scott Horton makes a compelling point about Dick Cheney's involvement in the Libby pardon.
If Cheney was behind the decision to pardon Libby, from any objective perspective that would be for one reason: to protect himself by preserving Libby’s silence. That would be issuing a pardon in furtherance of a cover-up, which is precisely the circumstance for which—in the famous exchange between George Mason and James Madison in the Constitutional Convention of 1787—impeachment was said to have been intended.
Moreover, we know from the recent Washington Post series on Cheney that there really aren’t any major decisions in the White House from which Cheney was divorced.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers will hold hearings to look into the pardon. As well as past Bush and Clinton pardons.
"What we have here ... is that the suspicion was that if Mr. Libby went to prison, he might further implicate other people in the White House, and that there was some kind of relationship here that does not exist in any of President Clinton's pardons, nor, according to those that we've talked to ... is that it's never existed before, ever, " Conyers said on ABC's This Week.
Libby will likely not testify. He has already been convicted and speaking is not in his best interest. Unless Conyers wants to hear Libby plead the fifth.