Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald delayed a decision on whether to seek criminal charges against Karl Rove in large part because he wants to determine whether Lewis (Scooter) Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, can provide information on Rove’s role in the CIA leak case, according to attorneys involved in the investigation.
Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald hopes the threat of years in prison will convince Libby to tell the truth. But this can’t work if Libby has been promised – or just expects – a pardon. There is no other reason Libby would remain silent at this point. Everyone involved understands this.
This is why Bush refuses to rule out a pardon In my opinion refusal to rule out a pardon for someone who can put you in jail if he doesn’t get a pardon is blatant obstruction of justice. It’s obvious that it’s not Rove Libby is protecting – Rove can’t pardon him. It’s Bush.