Saturday, October 29, 2005

Special Prosecutor Contacts Bush's Lawyer? Hunh?

Noticed this small paragraph amid a long article in the New York Times about the Libby indictment by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald:

"Mr. Fitzgerald was spotted Friday morning outside the office of James Sharp, Mr. Bush's personal lawyer. Mr. Bush was interviewed about the case by Mr. Fitzgerald last year. It is not known what discussions, if any, were taking place between the prosecutor and Mr. Sharp. Mr. Sharp did not return a phone call, and Mr. Fitzgerald's spokesman, Randall Samborn, declined to comment."

One can only wonder what that's all about.

Re: Sharp, recall that "the only other president to hire a private attorney for acts committed while president, Richard Nixon, eventually resigned from office."

Perhaps the grand jury will have the pleasure of seeing President George W. Bush testify to them under oath.

Other interesting information re Bush's choice of lawyer is from a story on the selection of Sharp from last year, which states that "international law Prof. Francis Boyle, of the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign does not know Jim Sharp personally. But he wonders if Sharp has a very special type of law practice:

"There is sort of a CIA bar out there as it were," Boyle says. "That is,
lawyers who have worked for the CIA in the past or have been CIA agents, either covertly or overtly or whatever. And oftentimes, they are the ones called upon to engage in legal matters related to the CIA, either when they are defending a CIA agent or when the CIA is somewhat involved.

"It's sort of a very small clique of lawyers there in Washington, D.C. with expertise when it comes to the CIA, covert operations and things of that matter."

Lucky that Bubble Boy, in a rare moment of foresight, got himself all lawyered up way back when.

Bubble Boy got lawyered up with Sharp back June 3, 2004.

Golly, wasn't that just hours before CIA Director George Tenet suddenly resigned?

Just one day later, James Pavitt of the CIA resigned as well. Mr. Pavitt was Valerie Plame's CIA boss--in the Directorate of Operations. That would be the spook side.



enigma4ever said...

hmmm, and I thought Mr.Sharp was just an old fashioned Criminal attorney...speciality White Collar Corporate Crime.....interesting....( Bush hired Sharp over a year ago)...I don't think this falls in the Executive privelege section of his Miers still WH Cousel?

No Blood for Hubris said...

I think she is.

Bubble Boy and Co. are totally wedded to executive privilege; we can expect it to be promiscuously asserted in this case.

enigma4ever said...

Hey left me a messege regarding valerie and death threats ..I think it was learned on CNN, it was an interview that was done with Larry Johnson, who knows the Wilsons, went to school with Valerie, and he spoke about the threats and the 911 'advice". She was hung out to dry.... And you can read Larry on Truthout- write to him on the forum or go to boomantribune- his blog- he will verify the story....grim as it you know why I had to blog it...still pissed...

Marie said...

Very interesting commentary. Certainly something to think about.

Thank you