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Illinois' New Eliot Ness Bags Another Scalp

From twin towers to Valerie Plame, Fitzgerald is relentless

(Newser) - With the arrest of Rod Blagojevich, federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald notched up his second indictment against an Illinois governor in five years. But it's just another scalp for the US attorney who's brought down everyone from World Trade Center bomber Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman to media mogul Conrad Black, not... More »

Judith Miller Heads to Fox

Controversial former Times reporter, jailed in CIA leak case, will be on-air analyst

(Newser) - Judith Miller, the former New York Times reporter who spent 85 days in jail rather than reveal her sources in a CIA leak case, is Fox News’ newest on-air analyst, Editor & Publisher reports. “I get to spout my views, I will NOT be joining the news team,”... More »

Court Tosses Lawsuit Over CIA Leak

It uphholds dismissal of Plame's case against Cheney, others

(Newser) - A federal appeals court today threw out former CIA spy Valerie Plame's lawsuit against Dick Cheney and a group of former Bush White House officials for leaking her identity to the public. The court ruled that Cheney, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, and former State Department official Richard Armitage were acting... More »

Plame Cover-Up Continues, McClellan Says on Hill

Bush lacking 'openness and candor' by not coming clean in leak case, on Iraq run-up

(Newser) - Scott McClellan took to Capitol Hill today, and in what one Republican dismissed as “book-of-the-month club” meeting, took on the CIA leak case and the Iraq war, among other topics. The former White House press secretary said he didn’t know if a crime had been committed in the... More »

Cheney May Have Told Libby to Out Plame

'Scooter' told FBI agents it's 'possible' that VP gave order

(Newser) - "Scooter” Libby told the FBI it was “possible” that Dick Cheney ordered him to out CIA agent Valerie Plame to the press, the Washington Post reports. The revelation appears in a redacted FBI report under examination by a House panel led by Henry Waxman. The panel now wants... More »

McClellan Blasts Bush for Not Firing Rove

Role in Plamegate was enough to can him, ex-Bushie says

(Newser) - President Bush should have fired aide Karl Rove over the Plamegate affair, Scott McClellan said today. Publicizing his Washington tell-all book, McClellan also blasted Rove and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Dick Cheney's ex-chief of staff, for denying they had leaked CIA agent Valerie Plame's name, the AP reports. "We... More »

Rove Brushes Off McClellan Claims on Plame Deception

Says he didn't mislead anyway

(Newser) - With the political world abuzz over the harsh tone of Scott McClellan’s new memoir about the "culture of deception''  in the Bush White House, Karl Rove is defending himself against one of the former spokesman’s most damning claims—that Rove and Scooter Libby colluded in a Valerie... More »

2007's Biggest White House Whoppers

Slate runs down the Bush team's most dubious legal claims

(Newser) - In her second annual roundup of the Bush administration's most egregious legal arguments, Dahlia Lithwick of Slate offers her top 10 doozies:
  1. The United States does not torture
  2. State-secrets privilege used to shield almost anything.
  3. Almost anything Alberto Gonzales said.
  4. The nine US attorneys were fired for cause.
  5. Anyone who
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Libby Drops Appeal

Barring presidential pardon, Plame leaker remains convicted felon

(Newser) - Lewis “Scooter” Libby will drop the appeal of his conviction in the CIA leak scandal, the AP reports. President Bush commuted Libby’s 30-month prison term, but Dick Cheney's onetime chief of staff remains a convicted felon. Libby’s lawyer said he was convinced of his client’s innocence,... More »

The Cheney Behind Cheney

VP's chief of staff is architect of some of his most extreme positions

(Newser) - A new book by former Bush insider Jack Goldstein, The Terror Presidency, spotlights David Addington, the reclusive counsel and key player to Dick Cheney. Called "Cheney's Cheney" in some circles, Addington has designed some of the White House's most controversial policies, including rendition, warrantless wiretapping, and the use of... More »

Bush Blamed in Plamegate

Press secretary says Bush gave him false information

(Newser) - Bush's ex-press secretary says he falsely exonerated Scooter Libby and Karl Rove in the outing of a CIA agent in 2003 because the president told him to, Salon reports. A leaked excerpt of Scott McClellan’s upcoming memoir says that his misinformation came from "the president himself" when McClellan... More »

Plame Tell-All Blasts the White House

Says her smearing was practice for Kerry's; CIA redacted pages of book

(Newser) - Famously outed spy Valerie Plame hits back at the Bush administration in Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, the AP reports. The book blasts the administration's "arrogance and intolerance," and calls the smear campaign against her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, a... More »

Gonzo's Exit Handcuffs White House

New prosecutor will probe prez, Bork argues in National Review

(Newser) - Dems will blitz Bush with document hunts and witness prep until election 2008, Robert Bork argues in the National Review, by demanding a special prosecutor along with the next attorney general. "A special prosecutor with unlimited funds, a soon-developed addiction to publicity, and a broad mandate" will go after... More »

Prosecutor Flunks Scooter Test

Libby foe Fitzgerald goes on NPR, receives lovely parting gift

(Newser) - The NPR quiz show "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" lured US attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to last night's taping for a game called "Not My Job"—and a little teasing. Best line: Fitzgerald said he lived on Chicago's North Side but worked downtown, and host Peter Sagal... More »

Judge Tosses Ex-Spy's Suit Against Cheney

Court rules Plame's civil action vs. VP, Rove, Libby won't go forward

(Newser) - A judge today dismissed outed CIA operative Valerie Plame's civil suit against Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, and Scooter Libby, saying that the revelation of her identity "was incidental to the kind of conduct that defendants were employed to perform." Furthermore, the judge ruled, Plame and her husband, ex-ambassador... More »

Commutation Order Baffles Libby Judge

Bush acknowledges White House role in Plame leak

(Newser) - The federal judge who sentenced Scooter Libby to 30 months in prison expressed his frustration with President Bush's commutation order yesterday, pointing out that the administration had championed the sentencing guidelines he followed. Reggie Walton, a Bush appointee with a lock-'em-up reputation, vented in a footnote to an order that... More »

Fitzgerald Faces Senate Grilling on Scooter

Committee to probe sentencing guidelines after commutation

(Newser) - The man who prosecuted Scooter Libby for obstruction of justice may be grilled by senators  investigating the case, Bloomberg reports. Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee said yesterday they want to question Patrick Fitzgerald on the case, including sentencing guidelines. In commuting Libby's sentence last week, President Bush claimed it... More »

Commutation Decision Marks Serious Shift

As Texas governor, Bush seldom overruled court decisions

(Newser) - In six years as governor of Texas, George W. Bush issued 20 pardons and commuted one death sentence. As president, he seemed to be hewing to the same standard, granting 113 pardons (against more than 1,000 appeals) and commuting just four sentences. The fourth commutation sends the Times in... More »

Libby Ponies Up $250K Fine

Convicted felon does financial penance as commutation flap continues unabated

(Newser) - Lewis Libby has discharged the first part of his penalty for perjury and obstruction, paying a $250,000 fine and $400 "special assessment" to the clerk of the DC district court. A facsimile of the cashier's check, dated July 2—the day President Bush issued his commutation order—appeared... More »

Bush Bucks His Own Trend with Commutation

White House beef with Libby case contradicts Justice policies

(Newser) - President Bush's rationale for commuting Scooter Libby's sentence was the kind of complaint routinely overruled by Bush's own conservative Justice Department, the Times observes. The contradiction between Bush's stern stance and his action on Libby is so stark that Joe Biden accused him of "flip-flopping" yesterday. More »

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