Verdict puts focus on White House ethics

first_imgWASHINGTON – Campaigning in 2000, George Bush promised he would swear on the Bible to restore honor and dignity to a sullied White House and give it “one heck of a scrubbing.” The conviction of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby gave the White House a scrubbing – but not the one Bush had in mind. The case laid bare the inner workings of a presidency under siege and the secretive world of Vice President Dick Cheney. It showed the lengths to which Cheney went in early summer 2003 to discredit administration critic Joseph Wilson. The former ambassador’s assertions had cast doubt on the administration’s justification for having taken the country to war in Iraq. And the Libby case showed the president assisting Cheney in the leaked attacks on Wilson. Libby, who was Cheney’s chief of staff, was found guilty on Tuesday of four of five counts of obstructing justice, lying and perjury during an investigation into the administration’s disclosure of the identity of undercover CIA official Valerie Plame, Wilson’s wife. The verdict “does great damage to the Bush administration,” said Paul C. Light, professor of public service at New York University. “It undermines the president’s pledge of ethical conduct. But the most serious consequence is that it will raise questions about Cheney’s durability in office. It may be time for Cheney to submit his resignation.” But don’t count on it. Bush in the past has repeatedly come to the defense of his vice president. The trial leaves a trail of unanswered questions leading to the doorsteps of Bush and Cheney. Testimony and evidence did not clear up whether they directed the leaking of Plame’s identity to the news media. But the trial did show Bush declassified prewar intelligence that Libby leaked to New York Times reporter Judith Miller, a plan carried out in such secrecy that no one in the government except Bush, Cheney and Libby even knew about it. Testimony showed the vice president was aware early on that Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA and told Libby about it. Cheney even scribbled a note to himself a week before Wilson’s wife was exposed asking whether she had sent her husband on the CIA mission to Africa that triggered the controversy. Cheney also directed Libby to speak with selected reporters to counter Wilson’s accusations. Cheney developed talking points on the matter for the White House press office. He helped draft a statement by then-CIA Director George Tenet. And he moved to declassify some intelligence material to bolster the case against Wilson. Cheney said in a statement that he was “very disappointed with the verdict” and that Libby had “served our nation tirelessly and with great distinction.” Cheney said he would withhold further comment because Libby was seeking a new trial or, if necessary, an appeal. Libby was the only one charged in the case, and he was not charged with deliberately disclosing Plame’s identity, which can be a federal crime, but with lying to investigators and a grand jury. Testimony showed there were other leakers, including adviser Karl Rove, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. The White House has never corrected the denials it issued in the fall of 2003 saying neither Rove nor Libby was involved in the leak of Plame’s CIA identity. Political observers doubt any correction will be made. “What’s really focused people’s attention is the loss of American troops in Iraq and it’s allowed Bush, Cheney and Rove – once he wasn’t indicted – to kind of be pushed off the radar screen” regarding the Plame affair, presidential historian Robert Dallek said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgSt. Michael’s NotesDinner Dance The Club held a very successful Annual Dinner Dance in Arnolds Hotel Dunfanaghy on Saturday night last.  The clubs successful senior team who won the All County League Division 1 in 2015 the Democrat Cup were honoured.  The Special Guests on the night were Mick McGinley (Hudai) originally from Kilmacloo in Creeslough who won a Junior  League Medal in 1954. Mick was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Liam McElhinney;  and local man Eamon McFadden from the Donegal Democrat. The MC for the night was Club Chairman Liam McElhinney.  The senior team were presented with their medals by Mick McGinley (Hudai) and Eamon McFadden.  The following Club Awards were also given out on the night.  Eoghan Kelly was given an award for being part of the Under 16 Buncranna Cup Team by Shaun Langan.  Jamie Hunter and Odhrán McFadden who were on the County Under 17 team was given an award by Anne Marie Kelly and Manus Friel.Michael Langan who is the Club’s sole representative on the County Under 21 Team received an award from Michael McColgan.The Young Reserve Player of the Year Jamie Hunter received his award from Lorcan Roarty from Roses Bar Creeslough.The Reserve Team Player of the Year Denis Trearty was presented with his award by Dominic Carr. Peter Sweeney collected the Under 21 Player of the Year Award on behalf of his brother Cathal from Dominic Carr.Senior Team Manager Eddie Harkin presented Ciarán Kelly with the Young Senior Player of the Year Award.Geoffrey Black representing the Clubs Main Sponsor Denis Harley Molly’s Bar presented the Senior Players of the Year jointly to Ciaran Gallagher and Andrew Kelly.St. Michael’s Club President made an appreciation award to Senior Team Manager Eddie Harkin.  The Clubperson of the Year Award was presented to Brian Dolan by Danny Langan.  Patricia Kelly made a presentation to Special Guest Eamon McFadden and Liam McElhinney made a presentation to Mick Hudai McGinley and inducted him into the clubs Hall of Fame.They will go on display in the Clubhouse at the Bridge.Comortas Peile Na Gaeltachta The Reserve team are away to Na Dunibh in the first round of Comortas Peile Na Gaeltachta Soisear on this Saturday the 27th February at 12noon.The Seniors are at home to Naomh Mhuire in the First round of Comortas Peile Na Gaeltachta Sinsir on Saturday the 5th March at 10.30am.  Please note throw in time.St. Michael’s Mini LottoThere was no Jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday Night last; The numbers drawn were 3,6,8,9,11,14.  There were 2 Match 5 winners, Luke Rooney Roscad and Fidelma McCarry Kildarragh.  This weeks Jackpot be €2850. The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated. Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook .Drive Home in Style from the Bingo in CreesloughThe winner of the €100 on the 5th game at the Bingo Session in the Massinass Community Centre on Sunday night last was Leo Callaghan Australia; the €100 on the 9th game was shared by Aoife Carolan, Eddie Flood and Ava Murray who won €35 each.You could win a car on every game every Sunday night at the Bingo Session in the Massinass Community Centre Creeslough by winning a house on 45 nos or less.  Check on 45 Numbers or less with the magic number in the panel and the lucky number drawn in the first five numbers of that game, you win the car or €10,000.  The normal Snowball is also in place every night. The Magic Number from 1 to 90 is drawn out every Sunday night before the bingo begins.  The car was in play last Sunday night but was not won. In addition every House winner will receive a free entry to the weekly lotto, this weeks Jackpot is €2850.  The single book is €8. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community CentreSt. Michael’s Lotto RotaThe names for the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto Rota for this Saturday night the 27th February Dunfanaghy Hugh O’Donnell and Martin McGarvey, Creeslough Michael Gallagher; 5th March Dunfanaghy Rose Toye and Brid Gallagher, Creeslough John Sheridan.Registration for St Michael s Would all players ( both Senior and Minor ) and ordinary members who have not yet registered please contact either Suzi Roarty 087 2849214 or Ann Marie Kelly 087 9454107 ASAP as players must be registered before training or playing matches . Membership fees are adult: €30; minor/child: €15 and family discounts are available.Membership forms are also available in Creeslough Post Office.County CoachesCounty Coaches will be visiting the National Schools in the club area in March and April.YearbooksCopies of the 2015 Donegal GAA Yearbooks are on sale in the Post Offices in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough Post Offices priced €10 and would make an ideal Christmas present in a year which saw St. Michael’s claim their first ever senior title.SOS for Photographs! Nicola is currently gathering photographs for the clubhouse. If anyone has ANY team photographs from winning senior, reserve, u21 or any underage teams in league/championship/Gaeltacht she would really appreciate if you let her know. All hard copies of the photos will be returned to you safely once we make a copy of them or likewise photos can be emailed to [email protected] Please spread the word as the team photos required date back to 1967!! All help with this little project would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michael’s Minor BoardU14sTraining now takes place every FRIDAY evening at the Bridge @7pm . The bus is €3 and leaves Creeslough at 6.30pm .Note : Everyone must be registered with the Club before either training or playing in matches takes place . Registration Is €15 and forms can be got in Creeslough Post Office or by contacting Suzi or Ann Marie Kelly.Registration for St Michael s Would all players( both Senior and Minor )who have not yet registered please contact either Suzi Roarty 087 2829214 or Ann Marie Kelly 087 9454107 ASAP as players must be registered before training or playing matches . Membership fees are adult: €30; minor/child: €15 and family discounts are available.Membership forms are also available in Creeslough Post Office.MICK MCGINLEY INDUCTED INTO ST MICHAEL’S HALL OF FAME was last modified: February 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASportSt Michaelslast_img read more