George Bush Jnr. has released his formed aide to the vice president Lewis “Scooter” Libby. Libby was found guilty in March (by Jury) of perjury and obstructing justice in a case connected to Washington’s decision to invade Iraq. Libby was sentenced to 30 months in Jail for his part in preventing the investigation into the White House illegally making public the identity of a serving CIA agent Valerie Plame. In an effort to embarrass/punish/discredit her husband, former ambassador to Iraq, after he questioned the reasoning behind the invasion of Iraq. Such a release of information would normally be an act of treason.
Commuting of the sentence stops short of a pardoning of LIbby for his crimes, presumably because this would bring the focus of investigation onto the President. Presumably LIbby will be pardoned before the end of the Presidents term in office.
Can a President pardon himself before leaving office or does the Vice-President have to do that?
The net of law is spread so wide,
No sinner from its sweep may hide.
Its meshes are so fine and strong,
They take in every child of wrong.
O wondrous web of mystery!
Big fish alone escape from thee!
– James Jeffrey Roche