So What’s The Plan?

July 10th, 2007at 08:08am Posted by Eli

Jeralyn’s initial reaction to Conyers’ witness list for his Libby commutation hearings was understandable disappointment, in that none of the witnesses was in any way privy to the actual commutation deliberations. If indeed there were any – my guess is that Dubya asked if there was any way they could “get to” Scooter in prison if it looked like he might talk…

My thought on that list was that Conyers was basically taking the opacity of the Bush administration as a given, and instead looking to spotlight the appearance of impropriety by drawing a contrast between a proper, orderly pardon or commutation process vs. Dubya’s quickie commutation – plus Joe Wilson to remind everyone that Libby’s was neither a trivial nor a victimless crime.

But now Jeralyn has added an update, saying that Conyers sent Bush a letter asking him to waive executive privilege and let his commutation advisors testify before the committee. This is certainly the right thing to do, but I don’t see how it will lead to any useful revelations. Bush will either deny the request, or else let his minions go in there and just lie their asses off about the solemn and sober deliberation process. My money would be on the former, since Dubya never passes up any opportunity to remind Congress that he’s still the King Of Everybody.

There’s no chance in hell that Conyers will be able to get enough to trigger an impeachment, but hopefully he will at least be able to weave a compelling Improper Commutation Protocol + Executive Stonewalling = The Kind Of Smoke Where There’s Usually Fire narrative.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Libby/Plame


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