Will Libby Scoot Off With a Pardon?

Washington wonders whether Bush will pardon Cheney's indicted chief of staff

Although I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby pleaded not guilty in the CIA leak scandal last week--and brought on a legal team that specializes in winning high-profile public-integrity cases--the talk in Washington is already whether George W. Bush might pardon the Vice President's former chief of staff if he is convicted of perjury, obstruction of justice or other charges. Republicans involved in the case say the scenario most conducive to a pardon would be a guilty plea by Libby to head off a messy trial in which Dick Cheney's testimony might be sought.

The White House, which ordered aides with security clearances...

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