Another Impeachable Offense July 9, 2007

by Will

Lewis ?Scooter? Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice by a jury of his peers. Libby was covering up White House involvement in exposing the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame. She and her sources were ?burned? -- to use the intelligence community expression ? because she is the wife of Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson.

Sentenced to 33 months in prison, Libby didn't serve a day before his sentence was commuted by Mr. Bush. The sentence was within federal guidelines. Bush's commutation, however, violated federal standards for clemency, which require that at least some prison time be served.

Furthermore, the commutation is a serious abuse of presidential power. During the Constitutional Convention, James Madison said that impeachment is the proper remedy when a president exercises clemency on behalf of a criminal co-conspirator. In other words, a president cannot use the promise of clemency to encourage a subordinate to break the law on his behalf.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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