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    WASHINGTON - President Bush spared former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby from a 2½-year prison term in the CIA leak investigation Monday, delivering a political thunderbolt in the highly charged criminal case. Bush said the sentence was just too harsh.

    Bush’s move came just five hours after a federal appeals panel ruled that Libby could not delay his prison term. That meant Libby was likely to have to report soon, and it put new pressure on the president, who had been sidestepping calls by Libby’s allies to pardon Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff.

    “I respect the jury’s verdict,” Bush said in a statement. “But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby’s sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison.”


    Bush’s decision enraged Democrats and cheered conservatives — though some of the latter wished Bush had granted a full pardon.

    “Libby’s conviction was the one faint glimmer of accountability for White House efforts to manipulate intelligence and silence critics of the Iraq war,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “Now, even that small bit of justice has been undone.”

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Bush’s decision showed the president “condones criminal conduct.”

    Unlike a pardon, which would have wiped away Libby’s criminal record, Bush’s commutation voided only the prison term.

    The president left intact a $250,000 fine and two years probation for his conviction of lying and obstructing justice in a probe into the leak of a CIA operative’s identity. The former operative, Valerie Plame, contends the White House was trying to discredit her husband, a critic of Bush’s Iraq policy.

    Bush said his action still “leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby.”

    Libby was convicted in March, the highest-ranking White House official ordered to prison since the Iran-Contra affair.

    Testimony in the case had revealed the extraordinary steps that Bush and Cheney were willing to take to discredit a critic of the Iraq war.

    Reputation 'forever damaged'
    Libby’s supporters celebrated the president’s decision.

    “President Bush did the right thing today in commuting the prison term for Scooter Libby,” said House Republican Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri.

    “That’s fantastic. It’s a great relief,” said former Ambassador Richard Carlson, who helped raise millions for Libby’s defense fund. “Scooter Libby did not deserve to go to prison and I’m glad the president had the courage to do this.”

    Already at record lows in the polls, Bush risked a political backlash with his decision. President Ford tumbled in the polls after his 1974 pardon of Richard M. Nixon, and the decision was a factor in Ford’s loss in his bid for re-election.


    White House officials said Bush knew he could take political heat and simply did what he thought was right. They would not say what advice Cheney might have given the president.

    On the other hand, Bush’s action could help Republican presidential candidates by letting them off the hook on the question of whether they would pardon Libby.

    A message seeking comment from Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s office was not immediately returned.

    Bush said Cheney’s former aide was not getting off free.

    “The reputation he gained through his years of public service and professional work in the legal community is forever damaged,” Bush said. “His wife and young children have also suffered immensely. He will remain on probation. The significant fines imposed by the judge will remain in effect. The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant and private citizen will be long-lasting.”

    A spokeswoman for Cheney said simply, “The vice president supports the president’s decision.”

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    The White House said Bush came to his decision in the past week or two and made it final Monday because of the ruling of the appeals panel, which meant Libby would be going to prison soon.

    The president’s announcement came just as prison seemed likely for Libby. He recently lost an appeals court fight that was his best chance to put the sentence on hold, and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons had already designated him inmate No. 28301-016.

    Bush’s statement made no mention of the term “pardon,” and he made clear that he was not willing to wipe away all penalties for Libby.

    The president noted Libby supporters’ argument that the punishment did not fit the crime for a “first-time offender with years of exceptional public service.”

    Yet, he added: “Others point out that a jury of citizens weighed all the evidence and listened to all the testimony and found Mr. Libby guilty of perjury and obstructing justice. They argue, correctly, that our entire system of justice relies on people telling the truth. And if a person does not tell the truth, particularly if he serves in government and holds the public trust, he must be held accountable.”

    Bush then stripped away the prison time.

    'I'm happy'
    The leak case has hung over the White House for years.

    After CIA operative Valerie Plame’s name appeared in a 2003 syndicated newspaper column, Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald questioned top administration officials, including Bush and Cheney, about their possible roles.

    Nobody was ever charged with the leak, including Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage or White House political adviser Karl Rove, who provided the information for the original article. Prosecutors said Libby obstructed the investigation by lying about how he learned about Plame and whom he told.

    Plame believes Libby and other White House officials conspired to leak her identity to reporters in 2003 as retribution against her husband, Joseph Wilson, who criticized what he said was the administration’s misleading use of prewar intelligence on Iraq.

    Attorney William Jeffress said he had spoken to Libby briefly by phone and “I’m happy at least that Scooter will be spared any prison time. ... The prison sentence was imminent, but obviously the conviction itself is a heavy blow to Scooter.”

    A White House official notified the trial judge, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton, of the decision. Walton, a Bush appointee who served in the White House under the president’s father, had cited the “overwhelming” evidence against Libby when he handed down his sentence. A courthouse spokesman said Walton would not comment.

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    i am a (sigh) republican, only because it was once the party of the late, great genius Barry Goldwater...

    But this? I can't defend this...

    I am afraid that between the poorly managed war, the cronyism, the fundamentalist ball sucking and the idiotic immigration fiasco, that W has handed our country over to the socialists in 2008 (i.e Hillary or Obama.)

    way to go, dip shit.

    sad days we live in.
    not another dime from me, fellas...

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    Is this part of that promise of bringing "integrity back to the White House"?

    The man was tried in a court of law. Means nothing now.
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    Wow, this is a shock because nobody saw this coming at all.
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    Shame on on you Mr. Bush!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    Wow, this is a shock because nobody saw this coming at all.
    Honestly......naive little me never thought Bush could display quite this level of hubris.
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    In other related news: bears do shit in the woods, the Pope is catholic, and Pete Rose did bet on baseball. I'm sure there will be the comparision of how Clinton did the same for one of his "friends" while he was in the office (over Whitewater? I can't recall). This much I know, the difference between the two is that Dumbya's was a national security issue that put people's lives on the line by revealing their covers. Clinton's probably had something to do w/a piece of ass. The worst thing Bill did in office: got a hummer from someone other than his wife. Dumbya: this so called war w/the ever changing reasons for being there, highest gas prices ever, this so called immigration issue, and the list goes on and on and on. Can we say worst president ever boys and girls?
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    I am ashamed of this country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevy5150 View Post
    I am ashamed of this country.
    Me too. I'm moving to Canada.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeoHalen View Post
    Me too. I'm moving to Canada.
    Good idea. I'm sure there are no corrupt scumbag politicians in Canada.
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Rich

    Anybody remember this peice of shit?

    So Clinton let's him off and it's OK? No uproar, not even a peep.

    Bush does it he's an automatically he's an asswipe,
    Clinton does it and he's to be worshiped.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeoHalen View Post
    Me too. I'm moving to Canada.
    Do you need any help?

    I can’t defend what he did, but I would not give up and leave.

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    I am a Republican and I am pissed off that he did this. I apologize for this ass and his decisions over the years.

    Unfortunately the other choice was Kerry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabot View Post
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Rich

    Anybody remember this peice of shit?

    So Clinton let's him off and it's OK? No uproar, not even a peep.

    Bush does it he's an automatically he's an asswipe,
    Clinton does it and he's to be worshiped.


    The double standard I've seen from the left is so unbelievable I've come to expect it.
    If it makes you feel any better, I agree. Clinton and Rich were scumbags too. It's a shame that Americans continue to let ourselves be pigeon holed by the two major parties. You should be able to vote for someone, not choose the lesser of two evils.
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