The Libby Commutation: Let’s have some hearings!

Bring Libby in, immunize him, and ask him under oath what he had on Cheney and Bush.

No, of course it’s no surprise that the Bush Administration acts like a criminal conspiracy. The interesting question is what precise testimony Libby could have offered against Cheney or Bush if he’d actually been facing prison time. Congress should find out. At this point, there’s no reason not to bring Libby in, immunize him, and start asking questions. His Congressional testimony wouldn’t be relevant to his appeal. It might prevent a retrial should the DC Circuit reverse his conviction. So what?

After Libby, let’s hear from Cheney. Since he’s not a part of the Executive Branch, surely he can’t claim executive privilege. And if the inquiry is into Cheney’s own impeachment, I doubt the courts would interfere.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com