When I first heard the news on Monday, I just couldn't believe it.
Every time I think George Bush and his administration have gone as
far as they could, they sink to a new low.
Forget the politics for a moment. Scooter Libby is a convicted felon
who was implicated in a national security case and convicted of
obstructing justice. Yet, he will not spend even one hour in jail
not because he was innocent or because he received an unfair trial.
Rather, today Scooter Libby is a free man because the President
believes he and his buddies are above the law.
George Bush allowing Libby to go free for his role in covering up
outing of a CIA operative shows contempt for the rule of law and a
disregard for the security of the United States.
But it could get worse. We know that George Bush is considering a
pardon. Join me and we can stop him.
I am sending this letter to George Bush to tell him
what I think, and to demand that he rule out a full pardon for
We must tell him that this is simply unacceptable. Join me and
my letter now.
Read it, add your own comments, and join me in telling George Bush
this goes too far.
Dear President Bush,
Lewis "Scooter" Libby was convicted on federal charges of perjury,
obstruction of justice, and lying to investigators. It was a fair
trial and a fair sentence.
You are simply wrong to commute his sentence and I am disturbed
the message you are sending to the American people and to the people
of the world -- namely, that the rule of law is not absolute and
loopholes do exist for people with the right friends, or the right
secrets to keep. That is not the American way and it once again
demonstrates the breathtaking arrogance that unfortunately has come
to characterize your Administration.
Will you also commute the sentences of others who obstructed justice
and lied to grand juries? Will you commute the sentences of others
convicted in cases that compromised our national security? Or will
you only protect those who you know and who have acted to hide the
actions of your administration from the American people?
I am beyond disappointed. I am incensed. And today I ask that you
immediately declare you will not, under any circumstances, make this
situation worse by pardoning Scooter Libby.
You may have arranged that he not serve a day (or even an hour) of
his sentence, but if you want to preserve any of your credibility,
you must not erase his crime completely.
I implore you -- the American people implore you -- do not pardon
Governor Bill Richardson