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Scooter Libby pleads innocent, trial-by-jury to come

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I just saw that former vice presidential chief of staff Irving Lewis Libby has pleaded innocent of charges that he obstructed justice and lied under oath. If Libby sticks with this plea, it guarantees a messy and spectacular trial that Bush and Cheney obviously would have liked to avoid. How to read the plea? If Libby were primarily concerned about protecting his old boss, he could have pleaded guilty. A trial involves discovery and subpoenas, which might throw up evidence incriminating Cheney or his aide John Hannah in the CIA leak caseM or might nail Karl Rove. My own interpretation is that it is now every man for himself. That is not good news for Bush.

I really did not expect this. The administration must be shitting puppies right now.