Libby Allies Push For Pardon From Bush

June 6, 2007

Allies of Lewis "Scooter" Libby are pushing for President Bush to pardon the former White House aide. But the President has continued to deflect questions about whether or not he would pardon Libby.

Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was sentenced Tuesday to 2 1/2 years in prison for perjury and obstruction of justice in the leak of a CIA operative's identity.

Libby has drawn more than 150 letters of support from military commanders and diplomats who praised his government service from the Cold War through the early days of the Iraq war.

"The White House is well aware of what a lot of supporters of Scooter have to say about this," said Mel Sembler, who served as Bush's ambassador to Italy and now leads Libby's defense fund.

Sembler said that he hopes the President will focus on Libby's pardon once he returns home next week from the G8 Summit in Germany.

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