Conyers Voices Suspicion That Bush Kept Libby Out of Jail to Keep Him Quiet

Brian Zick

John Heilprin for AP reports: The Democrat probing President Bush's decision to erase the prison sentence of a former White House aide said Sunday there is "the suspicion" the aide might have fingered others in the Bush administration if he served time.House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers spoke of "the general impression" that Bush last week commuted I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's 2 1/2 year sentence in the CIA leak case to keep Libby quiet. Conyers, D-Mich., has scheduled a committee hearing Wednesday on the matter. (…) "What we have here — and I think we should put it on the table right at the beginning — is that the suspicion was that if Mr. Libby went to prison, he might further implicate other people in the White House, and that there was some kind of relationship here that does not exist in any of President Clinton's pardons, nor, according to those that we've talked to … is that it's never existed before, ever," Conyers said in a broadcast interview Sunday.

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