Today, President Bush said a pardon is still "on the table" for Scooter Libby — one day after he said he accepted the jury's decision to convict Libby, but not the judge's sentencing.
On Monday, President Bush commuted Libby's 30-month prison sentence for perjury and obstruction of justice in the CIA leak case of Valerie Plame, but kept in place the felony conviction, the $250,000 fine and two years of probation. The president's announcement came just five hours after a federal appeals panel ruled that Libby could not delay his prison term while he appeals his conviction on perjury and obstruction charges.
U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, whose wife was the CIA employee who's identity was revealed, has called Libby a traitor, and said Bush "short-circuited" the justice system. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., went further, saying that Bush should be impeached for commuting Libby's sentence.
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Here's what FOX Fans are saying:
"Since President Bush is now creating our laws, it is my understanding that the law should be applied equally. I expect that a rush of ex-perjurers will be leaving our prisons soon. Thank goodness we have that one cleared up." — T.
"Scooter's pardon is fine in respect to Bill Clinton's pardons at the end of his term in office." — Rob (Silver City, N.M.)
"Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. What part of that is hard to understand?" — T.
"Libby was convicted of committing serious crimes while in a high office of trust. By commuting his sentence, Bush has undermined our justice system, and acted above the law." — K.
"He should have a full and complete pardon! He was not convicted of the crime for which he was originally charged and the prosecutors railroaded him into a position where he didn't remember something and they called it perjury. He shouldn't have been on trial in the first place!" — Eric
"Yes, he should receive a full pardon. In my opinion this was a scam orchestrated by an bunch of unscrupulous left-wing liberals and one like-minded judge." — S.
"I think it's a complete outrage that this administration simply walks over the laws of this country as if they only apply to Americans who are not associated with the White House. I will absolutely not vote for a Republican in the upcoming election. No matter how well qualified an elective Republican senator, congressperson, state senator, state assemblyperson or city counselor is, my vote will go to either an Independent or a Democrat. I am aware that Democrats are not always straight and honest, but this president and his cronies have showed us how corrupt this administration can be. They have taken corruption to the limit." — D.R.
"A jury convicted Scooter Libby. Whatever we may think of the merits of the case, he should still do his time in prison. Otherwise we make a mockery of our judicial system." — Philippe
"Absolutely I believe Scooter Libby never should have been indicted! This whole episode has been a fiasco from the very beginning. President George W. Bush should exercise his constitutional right to pardon this servant of the people of this disgraceful situation called a trial. Absolutely!" — Jerry
"Scooter Libby deserves a full pardon. He did absolutely nothing wrong. Valerie Plame was outed by Richard Armitage and not Scooter Libby. The entire trial was a sham. Besides Valerie Plame was no secret agent. She was in administration. This was nothing more than more Bush-hating tactics by the extreme left." — Laurence (Henderson, NV)
"Scooter Libby deserved a pardon. He should not have been tried. Try Jo Wilson if they want someone to punish." — Charles (Gahanna, Ohio)
"Bush said that the commutation leaves in place a harsh punishment for Libby, citing the effect of the felony conviction on Libby's professional life. That's a joke. Libby can, and probably will, earn six or seven digits per year on lecturing circuits, as a lobbyist or consultant, writing a book, etc. The idea that a person of Libby's rank in the Republican hierarchy will ever suffer professionally is purely laughable. But that's what Bush has always done since day one — when he speaks, it's sound-bite politics, not reality. He's very good at it, and it works." — H.
"I am a conservative and I believe in the rule of law. Libby was justly convicted on four felony counts of obstruction of justice. He should go to jail just like other wealthy and/or powerful people who became criminals: Leona Helmsly, Chuck Colson, Dan Rostenkowski, Martha Stewart, Jeffrey Skilling, and even Paris Hilton. Bush's statement that the commutation is justified by Libby's 'lifetime of service' is absurd. Was Libby ever in the military? Did he earn a medal for his military service? Did he write a book that changed America or the world? Did he ever win a landmark case as a lawyer? Did he invent a cure for a disease? They (Bush and Cheney) just kept Libby out of jail so Libby wouldn't sing like a canary. It was sad when Clinton got away with perjury, and this is even worse. We are turning into a banana republic in which the powerful are above the law." — David (San Diego)
"It took a few minutes for it to sink in ... that after 1.) lying in a federal investigation run by a conservative guy like special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, 2.) being tried by a jury of his peers, and 3.) sentenced to jail, Libby does not have to pay for his crime? Why did the government waste taxpayers' monies for this dog and pony show? It is too shocking to believe. This government is much more corrupt than I ever imagined. Libby should serve time in prison like all others that break the law." — E.
"Mr. Libby should absolutely be pardoned. Moreover, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald should be aggressively investigated. This modern-day Torquemada now five days into his investigation that Richard Armitage was the one who leaked Valerie Plame's name, yet he still pressed on with his 'investigation.' I can only hope he suffers the same fate that Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong did: disbarred, disgraced, and utterly humiliated." — John (Los Angeles, CA)
"Libby didn't do near what Bill Clinton did and how much time did he get. He should get a full pardon." — B.
"You bet he should get a full pardon. If Bill Clinton and the Democrats can do it...why Not Bush and the Republicans? Hillary didn't squeal and bawl when her husband released criminals, why so now?" — Don (Tulsa, OK)
"This administration takes yet another step to show that it is above the law. The only thing Libby deserves is the sympathy of the nation as he has clearly taken the fall for the 'good' of Cheney and the rest of the leaking culprits in the White House. There is absolutely no accountability in this administration. Bush's actions (and inactions) make it ever more difficult for the country to get behind the Republican candidates for president. Bush is paving the way for Clinton and/or Obama in '08. He may as well be contributing to their campaigns." — Wiley (Columbia, SC)
"Bush needs a mental evaluation after the commuted decision. The judge's sentence was 'dead on' for the crime committed. If Bush pardons Libby I will have lost all faith in our political system." — Frank (Flower Mound, TX)
"He should have at least served as much time as Paris did. We have a new justice system — everyone gets an 'out of jail free' card if you are a Bushy — if not you get Bushwhacked. — DeWayne
"This is yet another example of the Bush administration's lack of respect for ethics, justice, and most importantly, the value of the rule of law. An administration that continually acts as if it is above the law should not be allowed to remain in power. What will it take for Congress to finally take up the discussion of impeachment?" — David (Dallas, TX)