CNN February 11, 2004
WASHINGTON (CNN) --- President George Bush said Tuesday he welcomes a Justice Department investigation into who revealed the classified identity of a CIA operative.
"If there's a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is," Bush told reporters at an impromptu news conference during a fund-raising stop in Chicago, Illinois. "If the person has violated law, that person will be taken care of."
"Scooter" has ...er... been well taken care of, the commutation of his sentence is but the first step to his pardon.
But then Daddy did pardon Caspar Weinberger ( a "true patriot" he called him when doing so) who was indicted for lying to the special prosecutor investigating the Iran/Contra affair in December 1992 just before he left office.
Daddy also pardoned 5 others - despite the fact that they had pleaded guilty or had been indicted or convicted in connection with the Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages investigation. Step forward Elliott Abrams, a former assistant secretary of state for Inter-American affairs; former National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane, and Duane Clarridge, Alan Fiers, and Clair George, all former employees of the Central Intelligence Agency.
At the time the incoming President at a news conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, later in the day, was asked about the pardons, he said he did'nt have all the details on the matter and would withhold comment until he had had a chance to study the president's statement and related information.
However, Clinton said he was concerned...
"by any action which sends a signal that, if you work for the government,
you're above the law, or that not telling the truth to Congress under oath is
somehow less serious than not telling the truth to some other body under oath."
He went on to issue 140 pardons when he retired including Almon Braswell and Carlos Vignali who had each each paid approximately $200,000 to Hillary Clinton's brother, Hugh "Puddingfat" Rodham . Read More "Clinton - corrupt , dishonest, lying fucks "
Hillary on the stump with Bill alongside called the President's treatment of Libby as Cronyism ... well she should know.
Elliott Abrams , despite his record was appointed by george in his First termSpecial Assistant to the President and Senior Director on the National Security Council for Near East and North African Affairs. With Otto Reich he played an active role in planning the Venezuelan 2002 abortive coup against elected President Hugo Chavez.
Intriguingly Robert McFarlane is a member of The Advisory Council of Aegis , Major General Tim Spicers hired thugs who secured massive contracts in Iraq.
Duane Clarridge was CIA station chief in Istanbul in the 80's and had contacts with the Counter Guerilla program and the stay behind Anti-Communist organisation responsible for the Gladio programs and the Bologna Station bombing... amongst many other projects when we moved on to Rome CIA station. When appointed head of CIA in 1981 William Casey appointed Duane Clarridge, as de facto commander in chief in the Contra War.
Clair George, was previously third in command at the CIA (under Gates) and in charge of the agency's global covert operations, was indicted on ten counts of perjury this ended in a mistrial . After a 2nd trial he was found guilty on Dec 9th The maximum penalty George faced for each count was five years in prison and $250,000 in fines, his pardon arrived before sentencing set for February.