Prosecutor Keeps an Eye on Cheney

Froomkin: Even after the fact, CIA leak case evidence leads to VP
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2007 9:56 AM CDT
Prosecutor Keeps an Eye on Cheney
Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby prepares to meet reporters outside federal court in Washington, Tuesday, March 6, 2007 after the jury reached a verdict in Libby's perjury trial. Campaigning in 2000, Texas Gov. George W. Bush would repeatedly raise his right hand as if taking an oath...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Scooter Libby is about to be sentenced, but the government prosecutor and lawyers for the VP's ex-chief of staff aren't letting up, the Washington Post's Dan Froomkin blogs today. The jousting continued in a court filing last week in which, Froomkin posits, "the special counsel evidently felt obliged to put Libby's crime in context. And that context is Dick Cheney."

Patrick Fitzgerald had recommended that Libby have 30 to 37 months to contemplate his misdeeds. He's the highest-ranking White House official convicted of a crime since the Iran-contra scandal, which frustrates Fitzgerald, Froomkin says, because "he and his investigative team suspected more malfeasance at higher levels of government than they were able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt." (Read more CIA leak investigation stories.)

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