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Chairman Conyers on President Bush's Decision to Commute

July 2, 2007

Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers released the following statement upon learning of President Bush’s decision to commute former White House official Scooter Libby’s prison sentence:

“Until now, it appeared that the President merely turned a blind eye to a high ranking Administration official leaking classified information. The President’s action today makes it clear that he condones such activity. This decision is inconsistent with the rule of law and sends a horrible signal to the American people and our intelligence operatives who place their lives at risk everyday. Now that the White House can no longer argue that there is a pending criminal investigation, I expect them to be fully forthcoming with the American people about the circumstances that led to this leak and the President’s decision today.”