DEEP THOUGHTS….Michael Isikoff fills us in today on how George Bush decided to commute Scooter Libby’s sentence. Turns out he did it his usual way:
Behind the scenes, Bush was intensely focused on the matter….Bush asked Fred Fielding, his discreet White House counsel, to collect information on the case….He was especially keen to know if there was compelling evidence that might contradict the jury’s verdict that Libby had lied to a federal grand jury….But Fielding, [according to a White House adviser], reluctantly concluded that the jury had reached a reasonable verdict: the evidence was strong that Libby testified falsely about his role in the leak.
Same ol’, same ol’. If the facts turn out to be disagreeable, then ignore them and do whatever you wanted to do in the first place. Sound familiar?