James Comey continues his tour de virtue, this time appearing on Good Morning America for another relatively soft interview.
He’s asked about Trump’s recent pardon of Scooter Libby and of course responds in the most predictable way, proclaiming it an “attack on the rule of law.” Word is he pulled a muscle on set from signaling his own virtue so hard.
Comey days that Trump's Scooter Libby pardon was "an attack on the rule of law." "There's no reason that's consistent with justice to pardon him." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/GLeqpgQ7Z8
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“There’s a reason George W. Bush, for whom Scooter Libby worked, refused to pardon him after looking at all the facts in the case,” Comey said. “It was an overwhelming case. There’s no reason that’s consistent with justice to pardon him, and so it’s an attack on the rule of law, in my view.”
There is indeed a reason Bush didn’t pardon him and it had nothing to do with Libby’s prosecution and conviction being fair or just. It had everything to do with politics and Bush simply not wanting to face the backlash. Instead he commuted his sentence entirely, effectively absolving Libby of the punishment but still leaving him to have a felony hung on his record.
To add further context to this, a key witness against Mr. Libby recanted her testimony recently (2015) after finding out that the persecution had improperly withheld information from her. Never mind that the original leak was found before the special counsel (Fitzgerald) even began his investigation.
Perjury traps are the speciality of special counsels and the predominant way they hang scalps in the absence of any real crime being show. What was done to Mr. Libby was disgraceful and a complete misuse of our justice system.
Comey obviously takes this pardon personally because he appointed Fitzgerald, but his rants are growing old at this point. He is not the arbitrator of the “rule of law” and Presidential pardons are very much within the “rule of law” laid out by the Constitution.
Oddly enough, out of control special counsels aren’t mentioned. Weird, I know.