After a very long time deliberating, the jury finally came in with a verdict in the case of U.S. vs. Lewis Libby, convicting him on four of five counts.
1) two counts of perjury
2) one for lying to the FBI
3) one for obstruction of justice
First, congratulations to Patrick Fitzgerald. Second, the most interesting thing about this is that Lewis Libby was just the middleman. If anyone came off as the likely source, it was probably Dick Cheney.
Yesterday, it was revealed that the vice president was being treated for thrombosis. Fortunately, members of the executive branch have better health care plans than the rest of us. It's certainly better than what veterans get. I do wish the vice-president a quick recovery. The last time I heard anyone talk about thrombosis was when Richard Nixon came down with phlebitis in the midst of Watergate. Nixon also went to Egypt during the scandal where his press secretary told the press that Nixon's approval rating was extremely high at the time.
The vice-president's thrombosis may have been brought on from having to spend so much time on planes on his recent trip to Afghanistan where events suggested that his approval rating was not terribly high at least with some people. For whatever reason, Dick Cheney was out of the country right at the end of the Libby trial and now that there's a guilty verdict he happens to be in the hospital.
In the meantime, the president's reaction to the verdict is going to be interesting. Judith Miller's reaction should be pretty interesting too. In the meantime, thisis a quote from one of the jurors.
"There was a tremendous amount of sympathy for Mr. Libby on the jury. It was said a number of times, 'What are we doing with this guy here? Where's Rove? Where are these other guys?'" Collins said. "I'm not saying we didn't think Mr. Libby was guilty of the things we found him guilty of. It seemed like he was, as Mr. Wells put it, he was the fall guy."
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