Campaign 2010

Jul 11, 2007

Day 9 : Steve Chabot Conveniently Silent on Scooter Libby’s Free Pass From Jail

DCCC Press

Jul 11, 2007

Day 9 : Steve Chabot Conveniently Silent on Scooter Libby’s Free Pass From Jail

Does Representative Steve Chabot, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, believe in holding everyone accountable for committing perjury or just Democrats? Since today the House Judiciary Committee holds hearings into President Bush saving Scooter Libby from jail for his perjury conviction, we might soon find out.

THEN -- Impeachment Manager Steve Chabot in 1999: “Perjury is something that is really detrimental to our entire legal system. We have people that go to courtrooms all across the country every day of the week and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and if they lie under oath, they're going to go to jail…” [The O’Reilly Factor; 1/19/99]

NOW -- "Steve Chabot's uncharacteristic silence is deafening on President Bush giving Scooter Libby a get out of jail free card,” said Jennifer Crider, Communications Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Representative Chabot spoke volumes about the need to hold Democrats accountable for lying under oath. Now that President Bush gave special treatment to one of his own for the very same charges, Steve Chabot’s constituents have a right to know where he stands.”

Background

Ø In 1999, Representative Steve Chabot was one of 13 House Managers in the impeachment trial of President Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

Ø Representative Chabot on President Clinton’s impeachment trial:

“How will this chapter end? .... Or will it say that the Senate took a principled stand and told the world that no person, not even the president, stands above the law?” [Baltimore Sun; 2/9/99]

“[Will the Senate say that]…all Americans, no matter how rich, how powerful, or how well connected, are accountable for their actions, even the president?” [Baltimore Sun; 2/9/99]

“It would be wrong for you to send a message to every American that it's acceptable to lie under oath and obstruct a federal investigation.” [Cincinnati Post; 2/2/99]

“It would be wrong for you to tell America's children that some lies are all right. It would be wrong to show the rest of the world that some of our laws don't really matter.” [Cincinnati Post; 2/2/99]

"Perjury discolors and poisons the streams of justice." [Washington Times; 2/7/99]

“Perjury is something that is really detrimental to our entire legal system. We have people that go to courtrooms all across the country every day of the week and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and if they lie under oath, they're going to go to jail…” [The O’Reilly Factor; 1/19/99]


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