July 2nd, 2007
05:52 PM ET
5 years ago

Bush commutes Libby sentence

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush has commuted the prison term of former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who faced 30 months in prison after his March conviction on federal charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators.

Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted in March of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to
investigators probing the 2003 disclosure of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson's identity. A federal judge in Washington sentenced Libby to prison in June, and a federal appeals court rejected the ex-official's bid to remain free while appealing his conviction earlier Monday.

In a written statement issued hours after that ruling, Bush called 30-month term "excessive." But he also rejected calls for a pardon for Libby, and said the onetime adviser will still have to pay a $250,000 fine and remain on probation for two years.

"The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant, and private citizen will be long-lasting," Bush said. But he said Libby was given "a harsh sentence based in part on allegations never presented to the jury."

Earlier: Appeals court rejects Libby’s bid for bail

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  1. MONICAdidmetoo

    Why should any of our corrupt politicians 'worry about the grand jury'? Clinton set that precedent during his term. It’s actually quite funny reading all the outrage on these boards – exactly like a flashback when Bubba did his share of impeachment quality behavior. We’ve got corrupt so-called “leaders”. We need a NEW DEAL, not one that already tried and failed (bubba / she-bubba). Oh yeah, I’d say people comparing Clinton (our PRESIDENT at the time) LYING to a Grand Jury and the American Public is just as bad and/or worse than Libby being as big of an idiot.

    July 3, 2007 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  2. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    George W. Bush:
    Pardons: 113
    Commutations: 4 (including Libby)

    Bill Clinton:
    Pardons: 396
    Commutations: 61

    All you Clinton lovers (he had many) have nothing to say about these numbers that include Mark Rich who was is an international commodities trader. He fled the United States in 1983 to live in Switzerland while being prosecuted on charges of tax evasion and illegally making oil deals with Iran during the hostage crisis?

    He received a presidential pardon from United States President Bill Clinton in 2001, which required him to pay a $100 million fine before the charges would be dropped.

    He also gave a million dolars to the Clinton library, hows that for someone being pardoned (not commuted) under phony circumstance who was implicit with our ENEMY?

    If Valerie Plame want's to discuss why she requested Joe Wilson to be part of the Niger investigation, lets do it, and he can explain why MUCH of what he reported was proven FALSE.

    Can we go after the guy (who hates Bush by the way) who really leaked the name of this "supposed" CIA operative.

    Bush is an idiot, but Clinton (in spite of the Clinton News Network) was no better.

    July 3, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. nancy east moriches, ny

    Suzanne Malvoe stated last night that Susan MacDonald was given a pardon by President Clinton. What Suzanne neglected to state was that Ms. MacDonald was sent to jail by Kenneth Starr because she would not lie about the Clintons. This is what Kenneth Starr wanted her to do. She did not commit perjury like Libby.

    Why don't you try getting the facts straight and tell the story honestly.

    July 3, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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