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LIBBY CLEMENCY
(2007-07-09)
(wgvu) - WASHINGTON (AP) - House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers exhorted
President Bush today to allow top aides to explain to Congress why
Bush commuted I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's prison sentence.
In a letter to Bush, the Michigan Democrat says the commutation
was troubling. Conyers says it could eliminate Libby's incentive to
provide information about the administration's role in leaking the
identity of former C-I-A officer Valerie Plame Wilson.
Libby was a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. He was
sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for obstructing justice
in a federal probe of the leak.
Bush called the sentence excessive. He used his executive
authority last week to spare Libby from prison.
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