Bush Spares Libby From Prison
Filed at 5:55 p.m. ET -- AP via The New York Times
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush commuted the sentence of former aide I. Lewis ''Scooter'' Libby Monday, sparing him from a 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case.
Bush left intact a $250,000 fine and two years probation for Libby, according to a senior White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been announced.
Bush's move came hours after a federal appeals panel ruled Libby could not delay his prison term in the CIA leak case. That decision put the pressure on the president, who had been sidestepping calls by Libby's allies to pardon the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.
You knew it was coming...
There will be a lot of talk about this and you should talk about this. I just want to ask one question.
What would the response be of all the Republican's (and Joe Lieberman) -- whom in the days ahead will be saying what a righteous and proper move the President has made -- had President Bill Clinton pardoned the aide of Vice President Al Gore who'd been convicted of perjury over outing a CIA agent?
I know... It's Okay If You're a Republican.