The outrage over Bush’s decision to commute Scooter Libby’s sentence is beyond palpable at this point. There’s a huge firestorm brewing in the blogosphere, as I noted below and the Washington crowd is weighing in.
Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) just weighed in with the following statement on Bush’s decision to commute Scooter Libby’s prison sentence:
“President Bush’s eleventh hour commutation of Scooter Libby’s sentence makes a mockery of the justice system and betrays the idea that all Americans are expected to be held accountable for their actions, even close friends of Vice President Cheney,” Senator Kerry said. “It’s a tragedy that with young Americans paying the ultimate price in Iraq for this administration’s mistakes, this White House continues to avoid accountability and reward deceit for their friends and supporters.”
Bloomberg reports, “Republicans approved of Bush’s decision.” No small surprise…
“I am very happy for Scooter Libby,” said former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson, a potential Republican presidential candidate who had urged a pardon. “This will allow a good American, who has done a lot for his country, to resume his life.” Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said that Bush “came to a reasonable decision and I believe the decision was correct.”