Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Scooter Libby and Patick Fitzgerald and a story that only Shakespeare could write....

Scooter Libby was prosecuted for the Valerie Plame outing which it turns out was not a crime! Attorney Victory Townsend authored this law and it is her opinion Plame did not meet the criteria for being a Secret Agent. This couple with the fact that and the Deputy Secretary of State Richard Arbitrage outed her first to Robert Novak and bob Woodward. Why did Patrick Fitzgerald sink his teeth into Scooter Libby? Hat tip to Michael Savage who alerted me to this story. Scooter Libby was the Attorney hired by Marc Rich to get him off for a Tax Evasion indictment being prosecuted by Patrick Fitzgerald and Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who recommended Fitzgerald be appointed as the Special Counsel for the Plame outing. Fitzgerald gives immunity to almost everybody else in the Bush Administration except for Karl Rove and Libby. Wow! This is a vendetta like from a Shakespeare Novel..

From Wall Street Journal:
As it happens, Messrs. Fitzgerald and Libby had crossed legal paths before. Before he joined the Bush Administration, Mr. Libby had, for a number of years in the 1980s and 1990s, been a lawyer for Marc Rich. Mr. Rich is the oil trader and financier who fled to Switzerland in 1983, just ahead of his indictment for tax-evasion by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bill Clinton pardoned Mr. Rich in 2001, and so the feds never did get their man. The pardon so infuriated Justice lawyers who had worked on the case that the Southern District promptly launched an investigation into whether the pardon had been "proper." One former prosecutor we spoke to described the Rich case as "the single most rancorous case in the history of the Southern District."

Two of the prosecutors who worked on the Rich case over the years were none other than Mr. Fitzgerald and James Comey, who while Deputy Attorney General appointed Mr. Fitzgerald to investigate the Plame leak. Mr. Fitzgerald worked in the Southern District for five years starting in 1988, at the same time that Mr. Libby was developing a legal theory of Mr. Rich's innocence in a bid to get the charges dropped. The prosecutors never did accept the argument, but Leonard Garment, who brought Mr. Libby onto the case in 1985, says that he believes Mr. Libby's legal work helped set the stage for Mr. Rich's eventual pardon.

Very Interesting and boy Inside the Belt Way is a dangerous place to live and work!.....What a Story Rudy Giuliani was the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York working with Fitzgerald and Comey, Bill Clinton pardons Marc Rich in 2001 and Scotter Libby was his Lawyer. Sounds like a complicated Greek Plot to me with lots of mean mean characters!....


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