Clintons Clash With White House Over Libby Commutation

July 5, 2007

The White House fired back Thursday after former President Bill Clinton and his wife Senator Hilary Clinton criticized President Bush's decision to commute Lewis "Scooter" Libby's sentence.

In his commutation Bush left Libby with a $250,000 fine which Libby paid himself on Thursday. Libby supporters raised $5 million to cover legal fees and had been continuing to raise money but Libby paid the fines himself according to an anonymous source.

Bill Clinton attacked Bush's decision to commute Libby's sentence during a radio interview Tuesday. In the closing hours of Clinton's Presidency he pardoned 140 people. But he tried to distinguish his pardons from Libby's commutation saying "I think there are guidelines for what happens when somebody is convicted."

The White House responded saying that they couldn't believe the previous administration would have the gall to criticize Libby's commutation considering their last minute pardons.

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