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John Kerry on Bush’s Decision to Commute Libby’s Sentence

by Pamela Leavey

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.”

3 Responses to “John Kerry on Bush’s Decision to Commute Libby’s Sentence”

  1. “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.”

    Amen, Senator Kerry.

    Thank you for always speaking on behalf of our soldiers.

  2. “Scooter” Libby Is A Pawn in the Cheney/Neocon Foreign Policy Cabal

    As President, Bush certainly has the right to pardon Libby but this disregard for the will of the majority of Americans in this situation is just business as usual for the politicians of both political parties. For too long they have generally ignored the will and views of productive, working Americans for the powerful special interests that control both political parties.

    It is time to take control of Washington away from the special interests and return to a decentralized, limited federal government controlled by the voters. The best way to accomplish this is politically through the Ron Paul Campaign and by education of the American public on the benefits of direct democracy and limited confederation government like our first central government, The Articles of Confederation.

    For more information, review the free, online book, “The Swiss Preserve Solution” which highlights how Swiss style confederation government and direct democracy could restore limited government to the United States. Read Restoring America’s Original Republic with the Swiss Confederation Institute at http://www.swissconfederationinstitute.org/swisspreserve41.htm

  3. Ron Holland, a vote for a Constitutional Convention. Keep up the good work.