Smoking Gun Publishes Letters From the Famous Trying To Keep Scooter Libby Out of Jail

By: E&P Staff The Smoking Gun published online today letters from well-known Washington figures, ranging from Donald Rumsfeld to James Carville, who tried -- in vain, it turns out -- to keep Lewis "Scooter" Libby from getting a lengthy jail term in the CIA leak case.

Libby today got a sentence of 30 months plus a stiff fine, with the judge stating that evidence of his guilt on perjury, obstruction of justice and other charges was "overwhelming."

His lawyers had tried to keep the letters private but the judge ordered them released. They are from, among others, Henry Kissinger, Richard Perle, John Bolton, Douglas Feith and Gen. Peter Pace. Leon Wieseltier, longtime literary editor of The New Republic, declares, "About his character I would put my own hand on the Bible."

The letters can be found at


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