Friday, October 28, 2005

Interesting Double Standard.

NEW YORK -"Vice presidential adviser I. Lewis "Scooter' Libby Jr. was indicted Friday on charges of obstruction of justice, making a false statement and perjury in the CIA leak case."

So basically Libby supposedly lied to a FBI agent on where he heard about Valerie Plame. He is also accused of that same lie to the grand jury.

Ok, now that is wrong. And if he did it, he should be punished. That whole "do not lie" thing really really is a good creed to go by. Why anyone EVER in Washington would do that, I cannot fathom. But as goldeneagle pointed out in my comments, there is a bit of double standard going on here:

NewsMax reminds us of this:

Here's a short list of potential criminal violations for which prosecutors decided not to file indictments during the Clinton administration.

� Lying under oath to a federal judge - a crime U.S. District Court Judge Susan Webber Wright determined that President Clinton committed in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. Legal resolution: No criminal indictment.

� Lying under oath to a federal grand jury - as Independent Counsel Ken Starr found President Clinton had done in the Monica Lewinsky investigation. Legal resolution: No criminal indictment.

� Lying under oath both to Congress and to federal investigators - as Independent Counsel Robert Ray concluded that Mrs. Clinton had done in the Travel Office probe. Legal resolution: No indictment

� Hiding evidence from Starr's Whitewater investigation - as the Senate Banking Committee concluded Mrs. Clinton did in the case of her missing Rose Law firm billing records. Legal resolution: No criminal referral, no indictments.

� Trading presidential pardons for financial contributions - which President Clinton allegedly did in the Pardongate case. Legal resolution: No indictments.

� Trading presidential clemency for votes in a federal election - as President Clinton allegedly did with village elders in New Square, NY - which backed Mrs. Clinton's 2000 Senate candidacy 1400 to 12. Legal resolution: No indictments.

� Nuclear missile guidance technology allegedly traded by the Clinton administration to China in exchange for campaign contributions. Legal resolution: No indictments.

� The Illegal gathering of confidential FBI files on political opponents - as the Clinton White House did in the Filegate case. Legal resolution: No indictments.

� Misusing the IRS to audit political opponents - as the White House allegedly did with numerous conservative organizations, as well as with witnesses against the Clintons. Legal resolution: No indictments.

� Hiring private detectives to intimidate and/or smear potential witnesses in the Starr investigation. Legal resolution: No indictments.

� Illegally leaking Linda Tripp's confidential personnel file to the press. Legal resolution: No indictments.