Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
There are liars. There are damned liars. Or more charitably, there are former high-ranking White House aides, who mistakenly perjure themselves in the course of a coiling, 2�-year investigation into the outing of a CIA officer. Which of these descriptions most accurately described I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby Jr. largely depended on how close you were to the White House. In March, a jury found the vice president’s former chief of staff guilty of making false statements and obstructing justice in the leak investigation � thus consigning Libby’s name to recent history as the highest-ranking White House official to be convicted of a felony since the Iran-Contra scandal. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton sentenced Libby in June to 30 months in prison for lying to prosecutors about when and how he learned then-CIA covert officer Valerie Plame’s identity. (“For whatever reason, he got off course,” Walton explained at the sentencing.) President George W. Bush commuted Libby’s sentence to a $250,000 fine and two years probation in July, calling it “harsh” and “based in part on allegations never presented to the jury.” Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, have nurtured those allegations. The couple says Plame was exposed in the media to discredit Wilson for his public criticisms of the Bush administration’s arguments for invading Iraq. They’ve stomped the airwaves this year to make their case and, more recently, to gin up enthusiasm for Plame’s new book, Fair Game. In a sense, Libby’s four-week trial, which featured a parade of high-profile pols and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, may best be remembered for what it was not: a window into the Bush administration’s marketing of an unpopular war. It was, however, a prosecution that juxtaposed Libby’s grand jury testimony and FBI statements against those of three reporters � NBC’s Tim Russert, former Time reporter Matt Cooper, and former New York Times reporter Judith Miller. The defense, mounted by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison’s Theodore Wells Jr. and Baker Botts’ William Jeffress Jr., rested after barely three days of testimony without calling Libby or Vice President Dick Cheney to testify.Libby withdrew his appeal of the convictions earlier this month � a harbinger, perhaps, that Bush intends to pardon him before leaving office. Or maybe it was just a leap of faith.
Joe Palazzolo can be contacted at [email protected].

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.