Former Senator Fred Thompson
(CNN)-Former Senator Fred Thompson thanked the New York Times and Hillary Clinton campaign Saturday for some publicity in the "Scooter" Libby case.
Thompson, speaking before the Young Republican National Convention Saturday in Hollywood, Florida, told the crowd how he had been an early supporter of Lewis "Scooter" Libby's legal defense. "I didn't know Scooter, but I knew an injustice when I saw one," the former actor told the crowd.
He went on to offer some word of thanks for the publicity about his support of Libby. "The New York Times and the Hillary Clinton campaign have got us number one on their target list, so I want to report that and say I appreciate all their help," Thompson said. "If nothing else, we've apparently convinced the Clinton's that it really is a bad thing to lie under oath," he said as his line was greeted with laughter from the audience.
Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, was facing a 30 month prison term for perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to federal investigators probing the leak of a CIA operative's identity. President Bush commuted Libby's prison sentence on Monday, but left his conviction in tact.
Thompson is exploring a possible run for the GOP presidential nomination, and is expected to formally enter the race later this summer.
- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford