Bush finally manned up and did the right thing — kinda sorta didn’t-really-pardon Scooter Libby.
“I respect the jury’s verdict,” Bush said in a statement. “But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby’s sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison.”
Hooray! By commuting his sentence Bush has declared for the record that Scooter is guilty of the crimes he’s been convicted of but it doesn’t matter because he’s friends with Dick Cheney. Let that be a lesson to you, children: don’t lie without Uncle Sam’s permission.
Libby will still get his $250k fine and two years probation, at the end of which time he is expected to be appointed to head the World Bank.
Bush Commutes Libby Prison Sentence [AP via Yahoo]