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Scott on July 6, 2007 at 12:23 pm

OK, so the whole country knows that President Bush commuted Scooter Libby’s sentence that resulted from Libby making false statements under oath related to the Valerie Plame/C.I.A. identity leak case. I’m not sure if I agree or disagree with Bush’s decision. Based on what I have read, it does seem that Libby got railroaded unfairly; but I also think that he should have handled the whole situation differently. It appears that he lied, so even if he wasn’t guilty of leaking the name of Valerie Plame to the press, he still committed perjury. The last I heard, perjury is a serious offense.

At this point, I am more interested in the hypocrisy evidenced by Bill and Hillary Clinton. Within hours of the announcement of Bush’s decision to commute Libby’s sentence, the Clinton’s were out there in a frenzy of righteous indignation and outrage. Here’s a good snippet from Hillary:

“I think there are guidelines for what happens when somebody is convicted. You’ve got to understand, this is consistent with their philosophy; they believe that they should be able to do what they want to do, and that the law is a minor obstacle.”

Hmmm “they should be able to do what they want to do and the law is a minor obstacle.” Wasn’t that the same thing that was being said about the Clinton’s during their 8 years in office?

Dick Morris has some interesting things to say about this whole situation. I know that to many Democrats Morris is anathema, persona non grata because of his betrayal of the Clintons and defection from the political party he served for so long. But whether he is liked or hated, you can’t deny that he has an inside perspective on things and an understanding of the Clinton mentality that very few can claim. Here’s what Mr. Morris has to say about the current situation:

Does that mean that they now think that perjurers should go to jail? Or have they simply forgotten about Bill Clinton’s own plea agreement in the last hours of his presidency — for making false statements under oath? Some people would call that perjury.One would have thought that Hillary and Bill Clinton wouldn’t touch the Libby executive clemency issue with a ten-foot pole — for lots of reasons. After all, Bill Clinton has a well-earned reputation as the king of pardons — granting 140 of them during his last minutes in office — with many going to terrorists, people who had paid Hillary’s brothers to arrange for pardons, contributed money or key support to Hillary’s Senate campaign, given the Clintons expensive personal gifts, and/or made large contributions to Bill Clinton’s Presidential Library. One of the pardons went to Bill’s own brother, Roger, while another went to Susan MacDougal, who kept quiet about Clinton during the Whitewater trial.

Morris goes on to share the details connected to some of the 140 pardons and commutations he signed in the last hours of his presidency. These include:

- Drug kingpin Carlos Anabel Vignali who was convicted of shipping a half-ton of cocaine from L.A. to Minnesota.
- Edgar and Vanna Jo Gregory who defrauded a federal bank while contributing over $100,000 to Hillary’s campaign for Senate and who apparently paid Hillary’s brother Tony Rodham $100,000 to help get that pardon.
- Sixteen members of the F.A.L.N., a Puerto Rican nationalist terrorist group responsible for over 130 bombings in the U.S. including attacking the N.Y. office of the FBI, military recruiting headquarters, and even former president Jimmy Carter’s Chicago campaign office. Six people died and dozens more were injured as a result of FALN’s actions.

So, Bill Clinton pardoned drug dealers, terrorists and bank defrauders but he (and his wife) are outraged because President Bush pardoned a perjurer. That is fascinating since the outrage is flowing from someone else who was also guilty of perjury along with his wife who enabled the perjurious activity.

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