Thom Hartmann presents a chronology that points within a week or so the moment that the fix went in—the moment when Scooter's defense team suddenly decided to mount no defense—not to call Libby, not to call Cheney, not to do anything but smile and wait it out.
Hartmann begins with the objection raised by George Mason at the time the constitution was written:
The President of the United States has the unrestrained Power of granting Pardons for Treason; which may be sometimes exercised to screen from punishment those whom he had secretly instigated to commit the Crime, & thereby prevent a Discovery of his own Guilt. –and makes a very strong case that what Mason feared is exactly what transpired.
Mickeleh's Take: The framers did not leave us without remedy. As James Madison responded to Mason's objection:
[I]f the President be connected, in any suspicious manner, with any person, and there be grounds tp believe he will shelter him, the House of Representatives can impeach him; they can remove him if found guilty...It's up to Congress to act. It's up to us to keep the pressure on Congress.