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Flashback Friday: On This Day In 2007, Bush Commutes Scooter Libby Sentence

July 2, 2007:

President Bush commuted the prison term of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff.

Convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice, Libby had been sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in the 2003 leak of the name of Valerie Plame, a CIA operative, a sentence the president called "excessive."  The commutation comes just weeks before Libby was about to serve time.

The actual leaking of Plame's identity came in a July 2003 column by Robert Novak.

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