July 3rd, 2007
10:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Libby decision hides truth, CIA operative's husband says

Watch Wilson's interview Tuesday on CNN's American Morning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush's decision to spare I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby from prison puts Bush himself under suspicion of a cover-up in the CIA leak case, the husband of the operative whose name was leaked said Tuesday.

"The president, by commuting Mr. Libby's sentence, has guaranteed that he will be under no incentive whatsoever to tell the truth," Joseph Wilson said on CNN's "American Morning." "I think there is a very real suspicion now that the president himself is an accessory to obstruction of justice in this matter."

Bush on Monday commuted the former White House aide's 30-month prison term. He left a $250,000 fine and two years' probation in place on Libby's sentence imposed after he was convicted in federal court of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators in the probe of the 2003 leak of the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame, Wilson's wife.

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  1. Mike, Corpus Christi Texas

    Thank you Mr. President for cummuting Mr. Libby's sentence, and we all know you will eventually give him a full pardon. So, what you have now done is to leave no doubt whatsoever, of a Democratic presidential victory in 2008. And, the possibility of your own impeachment, will always be an option. Job Well Done! Thank You!

    July 3, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    This is such a crock. We all know who actually leaked the name. Why are we focused on Libby. For all of those who really want justice, why are you not focusing on where the leak came from? If there is some kind of cover-up, would not the leaker have a better understanding of that cover-up?

    July 3, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    I think Democracy has hit an all time low in this country. The people who complain about the administration are hushed up and seen as "political terrorists".....and the people who lie about crimes are given a "get out of jail free card". I think President Jimmy Carter was correct(before he was "persuaded" into changing his mind): Bush is the worst president in the history of the United States. Thank you America, for showing the world how stupid we can be by re-electing this intellectual midget! How long before Bush and Cheney are impeached? Ah...who am I kidding? Who would enforce it? Our incompetent Justice Dept.? Our flip-flop Congress? The Republican Supreme Court? Looks like this has been a long, thought out plan, and America has fallen into the trap of having the very few control the public. Good job, America!

    July 3, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Roger Klock, Edmond ,OK

    President Bush's commutation of Mr. Libby's 30-month jail sentence is a travesty and once again demonstrates the elevation of political pandering and the Bush Administration's sense of autocracy over this country's judicial system and rule of law. Further, Mr. Bush did not sit in the jury box throughout the trial, so he is in no position to decry the sentence rendered as "excessive".

    July 3, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Bud Stafford, Hackensack, NJ

    The President was wrong in commuting Libby's sentence. He should have been given a full pardon. If we really want true justice, those who are outraged over the commutation of his sentence belong in GITMO. Especially Mr. Wilson.

    Bud Stafford

    July 3, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The Wilson/Plame civil action will lay all the seamy cards on the table, unless they will have been destroyed by the VP-for-Torture by the time it reaches trial.

    July 3, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. Mike, Corpus Christi Texas

    That's right Mr. President, keep "Gitmo" running, keep "Abu Gharab" running; keep the Iraq war running while Dick Cheney runs "shot gun" for you, because if you do, you will just insure a Democratic victory in 08! Thank You!

    July 3, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. TC Plainfield, IL

    Try this new recipe:

    The Republitini:
    Mix together equal amounts of the following:

    one part ignorance
    one part incompetence
    one part contempt for the general public

    shake it or stir it than force it down our throats.

    Serves millions

    July 3, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Do any of you care to comment on the facts that he lied before congress and his wife lied about being the one that sent him their.

    You all do know that known Bush hater Richard Armitage is the one that leaked her "supposed" cover. Nobody want's him prosecuted though?

    July 3, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    My husband and I have both been working for the government for over 20 years and I can honestly say that we are completely ashamed of its conduct. I hope Mr. Bush is ready to commute the sentencing of everyone in the same situation as Mr. Libby. I feel that Mr. Bush lied to us- conservatives and has used the office of the presidency for his own interests and not those of "We the people".

    July 3, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Ann Brunswick ME

    Getting his wife out of a job means she at least can stand on her feet now. He should be grateful for that.

    July 3, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |