July 5th, 2007
03:50 PM ET
12 years ago

Libby pays $250,000 fine

Libby paid his $250,000 fine Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A quarter-million dollar fine that Lewis "Scooter" Libby paid Thursday was the most substantial element remaining from his conviction in March on federal charges that included perjury and obstruction of justice.

President Bush on Monday commuted Libby's 30-month sentence, and in light of that, the trial judge says he does not know whether Libby must still serve supervised probation. In addition, Libby had been ordered to serve 400 hours of community service, not yet specified, and the status of that also is unclear.

Bush declined to set aside the $250,000 fine imposed by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, who had been adamant that Libby serve time for lying to investigators looking into the possible leak of classified material dating back to 2003.

A court document filed Thursday shows Libby obtained a cashier's check Monday, the same day as Bush's decision to keep him out of prison. The check, drawn on a bank near Libby's home in McLean, Va., includes the quarter-million dollar fine and the court's special assessment of $400.

The court's receipt is dated Thursday, and includes a photocopy of the check filed in the public record of the case.

Walton has asked Libby's defense team and prosecutors to file documents by July 9 with their positions on how he should handle the probation matter. In his order, he wrote that the clemency law Bush used in commuting Libby's sentence does not address how to establish post-confinement probation for someone who hasn't been behind bars.

- CNN Producer Paul Courson

Filed under: Scooter Libby
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Mike Swanson, Mankato, Mn

    This is just another exploit of the bush Administration to their attitude of, "to hell with the law because we should be able to get away with anything from the public!" If it had been anyone else they would have had the book thrown at them. What a bunch of garbage.

    July 5, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. sonny c.ville platte,la

    Boy that really hurt him.I'm sure he had to dig deep for the cash: deep into his million $ Defense Fund filled by Fred Thomson's solicitations.

    July 5, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    Amazing... the man is wealthy. This money is a drop in the bucket to him and certainly no hardship. Everybody would have you believe this was a great punishment.

    July 5, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The quid pro quo for this commutation appears to be $250,000, about the price of an ambassadorship. How much extra for a full pardon, W?

    July 5, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. David Steinberg Bklyn,N.Y.11214

    libby must go to jail other wise
    – the system is a joke.

    July 5, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Ryan, New York, NY

    Boy, I bet that broke his bank account.....rollseyes.

    With any luck, they'll all get to pay a real penalty in the Plame civil suit.

    July 5, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Do we even know if Sandy Berger ever paid his pittance of a fine?

    Well at least he got jail time for stealing confidential documents from the National archives right before the 9-11 commission was to meet.

    What no jail time? My mistake, I was thinking that this was the REAL threat to national security.

    Did anyone ever ask Billy boy why he signed off on giving Berger access and what did he know and when?

    Must have missed those questions as well.

    July 5, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. TZ, fl

    And Bill Clinton pardoned 141 convicted felons on his last day in office back in 2001. What a guy!

    July 5, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. lynn, Silver Spring MD

    This is why I will never vote for Hillary. "Back to the Future" should be her theme. Hillary can never bring this country together. Bicker, Bicker bicker, drip drip drip for 4 years. Yes I am a democrat. But I also agree with the people who say that the Clinton's are being hypocritical. He pardoned her brother and his brother. This is why she refused to answered the question when Chris Mathews asked two weeks before.

    July 5, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Pete, Tarpon Springs, FL

    I am sure the RNC took care of it, or maybe baby Bush, Bandaar. Next time sentence one of them to 30 years and 2.5 billion dollars or as we refer to now the price of a week in Iraq.


    July 5, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Bill, Covina, California

    It used to be that the Nixon administration was thought to be the worst, most corrupt presidential administration we have ever had. I don't know how the rest of America feels, but the Bush administration is far more corrupt. This slap-on-the-rist for Libby is another example of that corruption. I am glad Bush is almost gone. I am tired of fighting a civil war, corruption, being lied too, and a government that is not for the people.

    July 5, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Anthony Jasper, IN

    Libby...Bush...Clinton...Cheney...the fact of the matter is that they should all go to jail. Let's not split hairs here. A criminal is a criminal! Whether they spend 2 days or 20 years in jail, I want to see them cuffed, put in an orange jumpsuit, be the focus of "BREAKING NEWS" on all of the networks, and hauled away in a cop car with a screaming siren. This is what the public needs to see. They want to know that the same justice system that fines and jails their family members for DUI, speeding, and playing music too loud in the wrong neighborhood is the same justice system that equally punishes people at the highest levels of our government for their crimes. At this point, I'm not seeing it so like most Americans watching Washington closely, I have to make the assumption that the "rule of law" that these people rant about and obscure on a daily basis means absolutely nothing to them.

    July 5, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Steve K, LA, CA

    TZ...ya think you can get past Bill...It's called "Be Here Now". Or, go with "Two wrongs don't make a right". Bill is not in office now. Hasn't been for the 6 years of disaster W has dumped on us. He is utterly irrelavant. If your hatred of Bill works against Hillary...you still have Obama, Edwards, etc. – running against the most embarrassing set of republicans anyone could have dug up.

    July 5, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Steve K, LA, CA

    So Scooter is rich?! I just thought that W and friends would have thrown a few breakfasts for him and slipped in some nice Speaking fees. 1,2,3 paid off.

    July 5, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Manuel J Herrera Echo Park CA

    Thanx, Bush. You just spared the US public from another corrupt politician. You're a shameless bastard. Libby should have served his time, just like any criminal. Because, he was convicted after all. On another note, bring back our troops. You should be considered someone who commits "war crimes", the only reason you our conutry is still Iraq is for financial gain. Manuel J Herrera – Echo Park CA

    July 5, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Cashier's Check? He probably got the money from a one of his cronies. Interesting method of payment, considering there is no way to trace the funds AND he is already a convincted felon.

    Again the Republican cry "Clinton pardoned so that makes it okay".

    Also the Right-Wing pundits forget to include the fact, this is not only perjury but OBSTRUCTION of justice to prevent the prosecution from finding out the facts. Which means he not only did not want to cooperate with prosecutors but also he was sheilding others – presumably Cheney (his boss).

    Also the motive of the crime is extremely important – which is political revenge of a high profile war critic.

    July 5, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Jamie D., Waterloo Iowa

    how many people jump on the "and clinton did" excuse...you all are a perfect example what's wrong with this country. because clinton got away with it, so should bush. you just sunk to clintons level.

    bush told us 3 years ago he was going to do this...'If there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. And if that person has violated the law, the person will be taken care of."
    George W. Bush, October 2003

    i guess he didn't lie, he took care of his scapegoat!

    July 5, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. carroll

    It seem that the ownly people that really loss in this are the general people who voted for these people and what worst is the law. it seem more the money one does not have to listen to the law but just die.

    July 5, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. Craig, Marietta GA

    I have really enjoyed all you liberals throw a temper tantrum just like a little child over this! I guess with Clinton did in his last days of office was ok...Double standard.

    You wanna really get mad, I betcha on his last day of office Bush give Libby the full pardon.

    Welcome to the real world people...whether you like it or not, whether your liberal or conservative or not, people with friends in high places get breaks.. May not be right, but life is what it is. Get your self in a high place and enjoy the ride!

    July 5, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. W. Orr

    Perhaps the sentence usually imposed
    on people who lie under oath, should
    be changed to a fine. Bush can run that
    idea by the Supreme Court and find out
    if they think that's enough punishment for people who lie. Libby lied he deserved the sentence imposed by a judge and jury. Little Kim served her time. Bush can pardon or commute anyone's sentence, why not the little guy?.

    July 5, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    SO Tired of hearing "Well what about Clinton, He Pardoned....."

    You all remind me of a country of married couples who continually attack each other and drag out things that happened twenty years ago despite the irrelvance! Even Nixon made the Flog and Burn Party! Jeesh Get a Grip!

    Why don't all the folks that voted for Bush (Republicans) just accept reality. I know it's hard but you can't move ahead until you rid yourself of your Utopian Preception of the Non Leader you put in office.

    Mean time don't take your shame and resentment out on those who can discern between Honest and Corrupt.

    And to all who feel the military members fighting and dying in Iraq are doing so for our Freedom Guess Again. That is just another of Bush's Ploys to make his Needless War seem Just!

    Sure they went to War due to their loyalty to their country and people and becaused they honestly believed they could make a difference. And I commend and salute each and every one of them for their selflessness and bravery. But it WAS BUSH that sent them on a False Mission. It was Bush who LIED TO OUR MILITARY, OUR NATIONS, OUR PEOPLE, OUR CHILDREN and Tramped all over our Souls for his own Agenda and Ego.

    What Nation have you heard lately praising President Bush? When all Nations across the Globe find fault with one leader they can't all be wrong! Sorry but I can't believe there are people still backing Bush after all the Devastation he has caused the WORLD. You can trash and spurn every Candidate in the Presidential Campaign until 2009 but all the trashing and spurning will never equal the mountains of Garbage he will leave behind for the successful candidate to clean up! So, let's give the Candidates some credit for having enough bravery to even enter a race where even fools would fear to tread.

    July 5, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. Chuck, Tampa, Fl

    He didn't pay shit. The fat cats from this corpocracy paid his way. This administration makes me want to puke. Nixon was a good guy compared to Bush, Cheney, et al.

    July 5, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. Veronica Feinstein, Stamford, CT

    I wonder how many shares of alliburton stock Scooter had to sell. I take comfort in that he probably didn't have to sell many. And, it just gives me the warm and fuzzies that Bush is once again giving the our Judicial System and the American people the finger ... with a great big smile on his face.

    On another note, I find it quite amusing that some here bring up Clinton's pardons. Over his two terms in office, he gave out approximately 450+ pardons, unlike, say for example, Richard Nixon, who gave out approximately 720+/- pardons. And, Clinton's number is a pittance compared to U.S. Grant who handed out over 1200 pardons.

    Just another reason to scream, "But, Clinton did it!". These individuals would rather spend their energy whining about someone who hasn't been in office in seven years instead of opening their eyes to the nefarious deeds spewing daily from the Bush White House. And I find that ... sad.

    July 5, 2007 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. David, Gilbert Arizona

    "Clinton did and got away with it so Bush should too..."

    Well guess what. There was as much if not more outcry when Clinton pardoned all those people as there is about Libby. An investigation was held regarding the contributions Rich's wife gave to the Clinton campaign but because the funds came for the wife, a free citizen, no wrong doing could be proven.

    So you people that are asking where the outcry was back then need to do a little bit of research before you condone Bush.

    They're both horrible, morally and ethically. Bush was supposed to be the moral choice for right wingers. You lose. You picked a candidate with no morals and no ethics.

    July 5, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  25. Political Techie

    I expected this to happen. A point to note is that most republican candidates in the CNN debate also almost supported a pardon for Libby.
    Mr.President, please take time to pardon our border agents who risked their lives to save our nation.
    Please visit http://www.2008uspresident.com for more information on the upcoming US elections.

    July 5, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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