Not surprisingly, Ohio’s Republicans are coming out in support for George Bush’s decision to give Scooter Libby a pass after he was convicted of lying to a federal grand jury and obstructing the CIA leak investigation.

Robert T. Bennett, chairman of the Ohio Republican Party said “the sentence was out of line. I think most of the voters, when they analyze it, will feel fine about it.”

House Minority Leader John Boehner said “I agree with the president’s decision… It ensures that the interests of both justice and fairness are served.”

Rep. Pat Tiberi said Bush “exercised his constitutional authority … something virtually all presidents have done for a generation.”

And my Representative Deborah Pryce said “Presidents Clinton, Reagan and Carter all “utilized the powers of executive clemency hundreds of times.”

  • How can Libby possibly have obstructed the investigation when Fitz knew in 2004 who the leaker was?

    The best you can say is that Libby may have tried to obstruct the investigation, because he didn’t know it was already a moot point.

  • Hi Dave. Dave thinks we should free all non-violent offenders. I’m sure that would sit well with those mentioned in this article. That was his excuse for supporting the commutation anyways…


  • Carlos

    Dave — what evidence did Fitz have? He may have circumstantial evidence, he may have a hunch, but my understanding is that there was no evidence of who the leaker was. Maybe I’m just out of the loop. Can you provide a link?

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