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By David Keene
Most Americans get their kicks from their own game
Topic - I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr.
The roots of terror
The White House yesterday ridiculed Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton for complaining about President Bush's decision to keep former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr. out of jail, saying their criticism smacks of hypocrisy.
Two California congressmen, one of whom introduced legislation this year calling for a congressional pardon for two U.S. Border Patrol agents, say that if President Bush can commute the prison sentence of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr., he can order pardons for the agents.
President Bush yesterday said he will not rule out a pardon for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr., while political blowback from the left, critical of his decision to commute Libby's 30-month prison sentence, reached a crescendo.
Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr.'s bid to remain free on bond pending an appeal of his conviction was denied yesterday by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton.
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr.'s attorneys will argue in court that the former White House aide, facing 30 months in prison, should remain free on bond pending an appeal — as pressure mounts on the White House to grant a pardon in the case.
It would appear, then, that all Mr. Libby had to do when asked whether he had ever told the press the name of Valerie Plame was to say yes.
Prosecutors have said that none of the defense questions are "substantial or likely to result in reversal or an order for a new trial," and argued that Libby should begin his sentence as soon as Bureau of Prison officials can arrange where he will serve it.