Former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has been convicted of obstruction, perjury and lying to the FBI in the investigation into the leak of Valerie Plame’s identity as a CIA operative.
Obstruction of Justice – The indictment charges that Mr. Libby did “knowingly and corruptly endeavor to influence, obstruct and impede the due administration of justice by misleading and deceiving the grand jury” about when and how he learned that Plame worked for the CIA.
False Statements – Mr. Libby made false statements to FBI investigators during their interviews with him on October 14 and November 26, 2003, about his conversations with Tim Russert of NBC News and Matthew Cooper of Time Magazine.
Perjury – Mr. Libby committed perjury before the grand jury on March 5 and March 24, 2004, when testifying about his conversations with Mr. Russert and Mr. Cooper.
Libby will be sentenced in June.
One thing is clear. The media will use this judgment as an indictment against the Bush administration. They wanted Bush so they could impeach him. They couldn’t get him. They wanted the next best thing (Rove), but they couldn’t get him. They settled for Libby and now will project this conviction as if it were imposed on the entire White House. We’ll be hearing about this from now til election day 2008.