So Who’s Surprised?

Libby’s disclosure to prosecutors that President Bush authorized the leak of CIA information through Dick Cheney comes as no surprise. Libby is too intelligent to do something like this on his own. The legal expert cited in the Washington Post article says that the President has the right to do this, essentially declassifying the information. In that case, how does the case against Libby stand? If the Pres. “declassifies” by authorizing the release, then the release was not illegal. It seems that the charges of perjury and obstruction could still stand, however. If there was nothing illegal, the president cannot be held accountable either, right? It seems, with my lack of deep understanding, that our hope for any presidential accountability rests with congress, an unlikely censure, or maybe something will happen in the Senate Judiciary Committee — especially if Conyers is put in charge!

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