Bush Commutes Libby's Sentence

July 2, 2007

President Bush commuted the sentence of former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby Monday, sparing him from a 2 1/2 year prison term in connection to a CIA leak case.

Bush left a $250,000 fine and two years probation for Libby, according to a senior White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The move came after a federal appeals panel denied Libby's request to delay his prison term in the CIA leak case.

The decision put pressure on President Bush to, who had been avoiding demands by Libby supporters to pardon the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Libby was convicted in March of lying to authorities and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative's identity. He was the highest-ranking White House official ordered to prison since the Iran-Contra affair.

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