Harry Reid is mad as hell and isn’t going to take it anymore:
The President’s decision to commute Mr. Libby’s sentence is disgraceful. Libby’s conviction was the one faint glimmer of accountability for White House efforts to manipulate intelligence and silence critics of the Iraq War. Now, even that small bit of justice has been undone. Judge Walton correctly determined that Libby deserved to be imprisoned for lying about a matter of national security. The Constitution gives President Bush the power to commute sentences, but history will judge him harshly for using that power to benefit his own Vice President’s Chief of Staff who was convicted of such a serious violation of law.
Oh, if only the United States Senate had some way of judging George Bush! If only our Founding Fathers had had the foresight to provide such a method in Article I, Section 3, Clause 6 of our Constitution!
But sadly, the Senate is completely powerless in such situations, leaving this matter entirely in the hands of history.
You’d think they’d at least investigate (mcjoan):
Isikoff said there’s nothing that prevents Congress from investigating the granting of this pardon and asking why the president chose to depart from the guidelines, for the first time, for his special assistant and the chief of staff to Cheney.
More than issuing strong statements, it’s time for Congress to investigate this commutation.
The impression of words over action is super glued to Congress. In a joint post, Mirth and D-Day write:
Regardless their words, however promising, they all comfortably ride the military/corporate gravytrain even as our country falls deeper into an abyss of loss and degradation.
At the very least, it appears a sizable chunk of Republicans see this for what it is, and aren’t impressed. It is just one more example of Bush’s complete disregard for the rule of law (From the Left):
President George Bush predictably made a mockery of the American justice system and commuted Libby’s 30 month prison sentence.
We could see this coming. And we should see it coming when it comes to the current crop of Republican party hopefuls. The taint is already spreading to the Republican candidates most desperate to claim Bush’s legacy (Bloggernista):
(Feigned look of shock) Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson following the right-wing talking points to a t, issued this statement on Bush’s amnesty for Scooter Libby:
I am very happy for Scooter Libby. I know that this is a great relief to him, his wife and children.
While for a long time I have urged a pardon for Scooter, I respect the president’s decision.
This will allow a good American, who has done a lot for his country, to resume his life.
Is there any wonder why Americans are so disgusted with the way that Bush and the Republican Party have misled our government?
When you look at people locked away for minor, non-violent drug-crimes, and see who the President chose to help, you can’t help but get angry. Putting the President’s act in context is damning (Jesus’ General). This is what justice looks like to a Republican.
And yet the President’s decision goes beyond justice to a profound issue of how our government plays out in reality. The President is obviously “still drunk with power” (Kay). This is another power grab for the executive.
Will Congress do anything about it?