Vice President's Statement on Libby VerdictWhat? BNo more machinations on how Libby is innocent until proven guilty? What's more, no admission that justice has been served?
I am very disappointed with the verdict. I am saddened for Scooter and his family. As I have said before, Scooter has served our nation tirelessly and with great distinction through many years of public service.
Since his legal team has announced that he is seeking a new trial and, if necessary, pursuing an appeal, I plan to have no further comment on the merits of this matter until these proceedings are concluded.
Of course, we get more of the same - "not saying anytying in an ongoing legal matter." Why do I get the sense that The Big Dick isn't feeling sorry for Libby, but is feeling sorry for himself?
For some reason, this old folk song is twisting in my brain...
Hang down your head Tom Dooley,
hang down your head and cry....
Incidentially, if you go to the Whitehouse web location, Dana Parino does all she can to not answer very pointed questions. Don't hold your breath if you want the Whitehouse to come clean. But if you are a betting person, it would be a pretty safe bet that the President will issue some kind of pardon for Libby, very soon. After which, don't expect any more answers to any similar questions:
Q Dana, you said the President is saddened by this. Is he saddened by the fact that a former top advisor in this building is facing this personal problem? Or is he saddened by the fact that a former advisor is convicted of lying in a federal investigation?
MS. PERINO: He was saddened for Scooter himself, personally, and for Scooter's family.
Q He's not saddened that his top advisor lied to -- was found guilty of lying to investigators?
MS. PERINO: He's saddened for Scooter. We're not going to comment on the trial.
Q I have one on this, I have one on another issue.
MS. PERINO: Maybe we can do this, and then I can finish up and come back.
Q You said that nobody has reached out to Scooter from the White House?
MS. PERINO: Not that I'm aware of, no.
Q Is he being cut loose after being a loyal soldier?
MS. PERINO: I don't know -- Victoria, I'm not -- I don't know anybody who has been contact with him. It's possible that people have. I have not.
In the odd event you wonder what exactly Harry Reid has said about this, here you go:
I welcome the jury's verdict. It's about time someone in the Bush Administration has been held accountable for the campaign to manipulate intelligence and discredit war critics. Lewis Libby has been convicted of perjury, but his trial revealed deeper truths about Vice President Cheney's role in this sordid affair. Now President Bush must pledge not to pardon Libby for his criminal conduct.