Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Obstruction of Justice for Dummies

Josh breaks it down, so I don't have to:

The real offense here is not so much or not simply that the president has spared Scooter Libby the punishment that anyone else would have gotten for this crime (for what it's worth, I actually find the commutation more outrageous than a full pardon). The deeper offense is that the president has used his pardon power to shortcircuit the investigation of a crime to which he himself was quite likely a party, and to which, his vice president, who controls him, certainly was.


  • “The President of the United States has the unrestrained Power of granting Pardons for Treason; which may be sometimes exercised to screen from punishment those whom he had secretly instigated to commit the Crime, & thereby prevent a Discovery of his own Guilt.”

    George Mason, 1787 - reason number #2 for not agreeing to sign the Constitution. Atleast someone saw this coming.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:46 PM  

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