July 2nd, 2007
05:52 PM ET
7 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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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Why am I not surprised?

    July 2, 2007 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Sn00t, Common Sense, MO


    July 2, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Holly B, Oceanside, CA

    Just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean you SHOULD.

    July 2, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. Eric Dallas Texas

    Good to know The Decider and Republicans are above the law. This crooked administration needs to be taken to task.

    July 2, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. Tom, Aliso Viejo

    LIE, LIE, LIEF! Even if you get caught, you will not have to pay the penality outlined in the law.

    President Bush, has done his job well! He is now the most cunning, consquence proof President in history.

    July 2, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. los angeles,ca

    this just furthers proves bush is a crook and a hypocrit

    July 2, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. John English, Torrance, CA

    Can't the president still pardon Scooter Libby at the end of his term?

    July 2, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. Karen, Manhattan Beach, CA

    Of course he did. Idiot. The families of Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean must be feeling quite ill about now.

    July 2, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  9. Scott, Baltimore

    Because Bush knows better than a jury and judges.

    July 2, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Smalltown, USA

    No suprise here... "Good job Libby"

    July 2, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. doctor dude

    I think I'm gonna barf

    July 2, 2007 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. Anonymous


    July 2, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Pat, San Diego CA

    I am completely disgusted. Not since Clinton pardoned all of his wifes campaign donators, days before the end of his term as president have I see such arrogance. Why on earth do we have judges if your powerful best friends can just step in and make it all go away. $250,000 bucks is nothing. Gee Prez. Are we feeling just a wee bit guilty. Couldn't go through with it could you. I mean send a man to jail for what you and your cronies are responsible for. Even though he still broke the law and lied about it. I wish Libby would come clean and tell what he actually knows. That would be a refreshing day in the King George's kingdom!

    July 2, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. Michael, Fort Worth, TX

    What can be said of a sad situation . . . not pardoned but not punished. The fine is inconsequential to a man with money and the personal embarrassment is little with the support of your fellow cronies. While he will not serve again in public life, he will continue to live free and pay no more than lip service to laws of this nation.

    Bush is a fool being led helter skelter by a legion of fools.

    July 2, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. Keith , Omaha Nebraska

    What a joke.. This administration is by far the worse in history. George Bush has showed that his friends come first and that everything else comes next.. What about the two border patrol officers whos sentences were not commuted. Those men were actually serving our country. 2008 cant come fast enough, we need new Leadership that cares and enforces the current laws. George has showed disrespect for the courts as well..

    July 2, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. Wade, Wilmington NC

    Why hasn’t anyone made the observation that Pres. Bush can still pardon Scotter at the end of his term, and that this way he can avoid most of the flak he and the republicans would receive with a pardon at this time?

    July 2, 2007 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. Mike Timmons Seattle

    Now that we have a President that in full view has fulfilled his part of the Valerie Plame bargain.

    GWB is driving the getaway car for outing a covert CIA agent in charge of finding loose nukes during a time of war.

    If the Democratic Party does not impeach him now, they will NEVER in my lifetime get my vote.

    No quid pro quo my gluteas maximus!

    July 2, 2007 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. Jerry Hill, Templeton, CA

    I am a republican and this makes me sick. Why does the regular Joe go to jail and some get this special treatment. If I was ever to get charged with perjury I expect Bush to do the same for me. Makes you wonder if Bush was afraid he would start talking about other crimes and people connected if he had to do time.

    July 2, 2007 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. Seattle, WA

    “Stop throwing the Constitution in my face, It’s just a @!?* piece of paper!”

    George W. Bush
    December 9, 2005

    July 2, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. Ernie Alessi, Port St. Lucie, Fl

    Just another example of how the rich and powerful can break the law, and get away with it.It's no wonder the citizens are fully disgusted with our leaders, and lawmakers. The system is never going to change until we get the incumbents out, and clear the decks of the filth and greed. If we don't get organized, it will never change. Wake up people!

    July 2, 2007 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  21. josh, austin, tx

    Good! He lied under oath. That is what all this is about. Bill Clinton did the exact same thing when he said he "never had sexual relations with that woman" only to find out later that he lied, and he had actually given Monica a pearl necklace in the oval office. So Clinton purjured himself, just like Libby, yet got no fine, no jail time... nothing. So I'll agree that Libby should be in jail if Bill Clinton agrees to do the same thing.

    July 2, 2007 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. Brad, Carlisle PA

    So how many millions of dollars were spent on this trial? Wouldn't it have been more economical for Bush to just step in right at the beginning and say "I know he is guilty but even if you convict I am never goin' let it stick. Save some money"
    What is the purpose of the justice system if verdicts can be overturned on the whim of a lame duck president who is only concerned with himself, his ego and his friends?

    July 2, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  23. Bob Earl, Miami, Florida

    Dear President Bush,
    Time for a rEVOLution!

    July 2, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    What an outright crock of s**t!

    Once again, Bush and his buddies are above the law.

    I sincerely hope this motivates the Democrats to reconsider impeaching this SOB!!

    July 2, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. Glenn, Birmingham

    This seems a correct way to solve this overblown problem.I think a full pardon would have been wrong.

    July 2, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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