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Scooter Libby asks for help

Now up and running, the official "Scooter Libby Legal Defense Trust" at www.scooterlibby.com. The fund is fueled by donations from friends and supporters of the indicted former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.

"There is already more than $2 million in the trust," according to Barbara Comstock, a Republican strategist and a member of the fund's steering committee. "The goal is for about $5-6 million in donations."

The trust was set up to help Libby pay for "growing legal expenses." The Web site states, "good lawyers are very expensive. And Scooter and his family already have made many sacrifices during Scooter's 10 years of dedicated public service. Now they need our help to win this fight."

The site is peppered with testimonials on Scooter's service to the country, like this one by former Amb. Dennis Ross: "He's cared much more about trying to do a job than trying to get visibility for himself. He's approached his job with the sense that his role is basically to support others."

And this from Cheney himself: "Scooter is entitled to the presumption of innocence. He is a great guy. I worked with him for a long time. I have tremendous regard for him." (those were Cheney's words last week during his interview on FOX News.)

Florida shopping-center magnate Mel Sembler chairs the trust. Sembler is Chairman of the Board of The Sembler Company in St. Petersburg, Fla. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Italy from 2001 to 2005. Sembler also served as Finance Chairman for the Republican National Committee from 1997 to 2000. The trust's steering committee is composed of several prominent Republicans, a few Democrats and several friends of Mr. Libby.

Hundreds of people across the country have already made donations, according to Comstock. The gifts are coming in at under $12,000 to avoid tax liability for the donors, she said.

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Given the requirement that awardees of the Presidential medal of honor must fail at their job to be eligible (managing the Iraqi transition government, prosecuting the war) it seems that Scooter Libby will be next in line!

You have got to be kidding me!!!!! Poor "scooter" Libby. Reminds me of the John Rowland legal defense fund! Of all the nerve and the arrogance it takes to ask for help and those that blindly support these people.

are you serious? these people have no guts. why not have the trial during an election year? what are you scared of?

i think its perfectly fine for libby to ask for help he probably needs it i think the media has made way to big a deal of this story!

I find it fascinating that the vice president will provide support for Scooter Libby while at the same time, "Browny's" support is being cut-off by the supposed cleansing of internal White House e mails and memos which were to provide "Browny" with the incriminating White House information exonerating him of outrageous actions in the Katrina imbroglio. In other words, talk is cheap with this Bush administration. Expect Libby to get the pat on the back treatment while at the same time be cast adrift. Simply because Cheney would be incriminated himself should Libby be able to get proper monetary support and judicial oversight which this White House cannot have. Cheney is vulnerable if Libby gets his day in court because Cheney would be probably "THE superior" who ordered Libby to leak the Plame information. Time to "cut bait" with this crew of miscreants while saying at the same time that fishing hasn't been better, you cannot trust these guys!

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