Criminal Justice

Post: Libby Sentence Salvo Suggests Successful Cover-up

Remember I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby? Convicted in February of perjury and obstruction of justice, the former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court next week for impeding the investigation of the White House’ role in publicizing the identity of Valerie Plame, an American foreign agent. But that should be far from the end of this story, one columnist suggests.

Court filings in anticipation of the sentencing indicate there’s a lot more to the whole situation than has yet come out, says Dan Froomkin today in a Washington Post opinion piece.

“To those of us watching the investigation and trial unfold,” Froomkin writes, “Cheney’s presence behind the scenes has emerged in glimpses and hints. (The defense’s decision not to call Cheney to the stand remains a massive bummer.) But I suspect that people looking back on this story will see it with greater clarity: As a blatant – and thus far successful – cover-up for the vice president.”

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