In case you’re wondering why longtime Washington lobbyist, pretend hard-ass lock-‘em-up TV prosecutor, would-be substance-free presidential candidate, and former Senator Fred Thompson has been such a passionate defender of Scooter Libby, wonder no more:
The day before Senate Watergate Committee minority counsel Fred Thompson made the inquiry that launched him into the national spotlight — asking an aide to President Nixon whether there was a White House taping system — he telephoned Nixon’s lawyer.Thompson tipped off the White House that the committee knew about the taping system and would be making the information public. In his all-but-forgotten Watergate memoir, “At That Point in Time,” Thompson said he acted with “no authority” in divulging the committee’s knowledge of the tapes, which provided the evidence that led to Nixon’s resignation. It was one of many Thompson leaks to the Nixon team, according to a former investigator for Democrats on the committee, Scott Armstrong , who remains upset at Thompson’s actions.
“Thompson was a mole for the White House,” Armstrong said in an interview. “Fred was working hammer and tong to defeat the investigation of finding out what happened to authorize Watergate and find out what the role of the president was.”
Thompson and Libby are brother rodents under the skin. Brother Rat Libby obstructed justice to save his bosses’ necks in return for a Keep-Out-Of-Prison-Free Card; Brother Mole Thompson tried to obstruct justice by tipping off Nixon about key information held by the Senate committee investigating Watergate, and was rewarded with a lucrative career in and out of the Senate. Protecting corrupt Republican occupants of the White House is their stock in trade.
Meanwhile, an actual Republican Watergate hero, Lowell Weicker, had his career short-circuited by his putting country over party — and the very neocons and paleocons now running the GOP and much of the Washington social scene are the ones responsible for his downfall.