Mar 17, 2016
Yesterday afternoon I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, Dick Cheney's former Chief of Staff was found guilty of four out of five counts of perjury while testifying before a grand jury. On the fifth count (lying to the FBI) he was found not guilty by the jury. What it boils down to is this: Rather than admit that he found out the name of Valerie Wilson (the CIA operative whom Libby outed to the media, thus destroying her usefulness), he lied and said that Tim Russert of NBC News told him who she was. He told this story to a number of parties investigating the matter, and was found out.
Libby hasn't been sentenced yet, but I'd guess that he's looking at about ten years in jail, unless the judge goes easy on him, which I suspect he or she might. There are also rumours of George Bush pardoning Libby some time in the next two years, but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for that. Pardons are never an assured thing, especially when sacrificing one piece from the chessboard protects a large number of other pieces. Politics in all things and all that.