Bush commutes prison sentence for "Scooter" Libby

July 3, 2007 01:00

President George W. Bush commuted the sentence of former aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Monday, sparing him from a 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case. Bush left intact a $250,000 (€184,000) fine and two years probation for Libby, according to a senior White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been announced. Bush's move came hours after a federal appeals panel ruled that Libby could not delay his prison term in the CIA leak case. That decision put the 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.

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