Republicans Are Exempt from the Rule of Law to Which They Insist Everyone Else Must Be Subject

Brian Zick

Ben Feller for AP reports: President Bush spared former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby from a 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case Monday, stepping into a criminal case with heavy political overtones on grounds that the sentence was just too harsh. Bush's move came hours after a federal appeals panel ruled Libby could not delay his prison term in the CIA leak case. That meant Libby was likely to have to report to prison soon and put new pressure on the president, who had been sidestepping calls by Libby's allies to pardon the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney. I urge Patrick Fitzgerald to investigate this action as a possible effort to obstruct justice.

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