Here is Harry Reid’s response:
Washington, DC–Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today released the following statement on news that a jury has found Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice.
“I welcome the jury’s verdict. It’s about time someone in the Bush Administration has been held accountable for the campaign to manipulate intelligence and discredit war critics. Lewis Libby has been convicted of perjury, but his trial revealed deeper truths about Vice President Cheney’s role in this sordid affair. Now President Bush must pledge not to pardon Libby for his criminal conduct.” Sorry Harry, but Libby was not convicted of manipulating intelligence or of discrediting war critics. Heck, he was not even convicted of “outing” a covert CIA agent.
In Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald’s statement today he said he did not “expect” to file additional charges.
See Kevin’s excellent coverage of the verdict, including juror remarks, below.
Update: Lis Wiehl, commenting on Fox News, said that Ken Starr investigated Whitewater and found “nothing” until Monica Lewinsky came to his attention. She compared it to the Libby case saying there was no underlying crime here. I agree with her on that, but not that Ken Starr found “nothing” on Whitewater. I don’t recall the number, but there were numerous convictions and guilty pleas in Whitewater, including one of the sitting governor of Arkansas, Jim Guy Tucker.
Some Democrat (whose name I didn’t get) on the same panel, repeated the media fantasy that Joe Wilson discredited the administration with his truthful op/ed that showed Bush to be a liar about Saddam seeking uranium from Africa. Rich Lowry called him on it and pointed out that Wilson had been shown through this ordeal to have been a lying partisan who not only lied about his wife’s role in his appointment to the Niger mission, but about his findings. Things got a little heated and the Democrat seemed truly baffled by Lowry’s statement. He must not have read the 9/11 commission report.
Update II: James Boyce is the name of the Democrat strategist I referenced above and he went on to praise and credit the leftwing blogosphere for pushing this case.
Update III: Ace on sentencing:
So: first the appeal, I guess, fighting over whether or not Fitzgerald had the right to impanel a grand jury to investigate a non-crime in the first place; and when that fails (which it will), the sentencing.
As others have suggested; Sandy Berger lied to investigators and destroyed national security documents to prevent them from being seen by the 9/11 Commission. He paid a $50,000 fine, had to do 100 hours of community service or thereabouts, and lost his security clearance for two years or so.
I’d say that should be the maximum sentence for Libby. Maybe about half that.That sounds just about right to me.