Commuted Sentence Ends Libby Controversy Syndicated columnist Robert Novak was there at the beginning of the CIA leak case when he revealed the identity of Valerie Plame in his newspaper column. Novak talks about his role in the events that led to a federal investigation and the commuted sentence of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
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Commuted Sentence Ends Libby Controversy

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Commuted Sentence Ends Libby Controversy

Commuted Sentence Ends Libby Controversy

Commuted Sentence Ends Libby Controversy

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President Bush's decision to commute the sentence of former White House aide, I. Scooter Libby, this week ended a four-year controversy.

It all started in July 2003 when longtime syndicated columnist Robert Novak revealed the identity of a CIA operative, Valerie Plame. Discovering who leaked that sensitive information — an illegal act — turned into a lengthy criminal investigation. It ended when Scooter Libby was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail.

After Libby's sentencing, Novak called on Mr. Bush to pardon Scooter Libby.

Novak talks to Alex Cohen.