Scooter Libby Commutation, Part Two
I'm coming late to the news that President Bush has commuted Scooter Libby's prison sentence.
With the denial of bail being upheld and incarceration imminent, I believe it is now important to react to that decision," Bush said in a statement issued by the White House early this evening. Although the president said he "respected" the jury's verdict, he added that he had "concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive."
Bush left Libby's $250,000 fine in place. Big Tent Democrat weighed in here.
The text of Bush's Clemency Order is here.
My immediate thought is that Dick Cheney has some clout left after all. My second is that Libby may not get a pardon when all is said and done. From President Bush's statement:
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