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White House Dismisses Rumors of Pardon for Libby

By Hotttttie     Mar 7, 2007 in Politics
Libby convicted of lying to obstruct the investigation
shortly after an obstruction-of-justice conviction was read against Libby conservatives began calling on President Bush to pardon the former White House aide. Libby, who is the former chief of staff for Vice President Cheney was convicted of lying to obstruct the investigation into who leaked CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.
Two hours after the jury released it's verdict in court, the website of The National Review posted an editorial titled "Justice Demands that President Bush Issue a Pardon.
David Rivkin, who is a contributing editor to the magazine, states that he believes "the best thing to do would be to pardon him now and prevent this matter from going forward."
Rivkin also believes Libby never should have been prosecuted in the first place, and he thinks President Bush should rectify the situation now. Still, he doesn't think a pardon is imminent.
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino was confronjted by reporters about a presidential pardon for Libby, she called it a wildly hypothetical situation and refused to speculate.
"There is a process in place for all Americans," Perino said, "if they want to receive a pardon from a president, any president that is in office. And I'm aware of no such request."
years of requests for pardons have been issued to presidents pardoning people who've gotten into trouble because of their work for an administration.
President Ford was one of the most famous who pardoned his predecessor Richard Nixon after the Watergate scandal. And the first President Bush pardoned some of the people convicted in the Iran-Contra affair.
A reporter asked one of the jurors how he'd feel if President Bush pardoned Libby. Dennis Collins replied that he wouldn't be upset at all but said he has no anger or spite towards Libby.
President Bush has issued fewer pardons than other recent presidents. Most of those that he has issued have not been controversial.
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