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Former White House aide Lewis Scooter Libby has paid the $250,000 fine, which was part of his sentence in the CIA leak case.
NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg reports.
NINA TOTENBERG: President Bush commuted Libby's two-and-a-half year prison sentence on Monday, calling it excessive. But the president left in place Libby's two other punishments, a quarter million dollar fine and two years of supervised release.
Yesterday the vice president's former chief of staff paid the fine with a cashier's check. That leaves only one part of Libby's punishment remaining, his two-year probation. And now that's in doubt. Judge Reggie Walton, who sentenced Libby, suggested earlier this week that federal law may not permit supervised release without Libby serving any prison time.
It could not be learned yesterday whether the money to pay Libby's fine came from his personal finances or from some of his conservative supporters, or whether it came from his multi-million dollar legal defense fund. The White House, on the defensive this week, struck back yesterday by mocking President and Mrs. Clinton's criticism of the commutation.
Given Mr. Clinton's record on pardons, said a White House spokesman, it's startling that they have the gall to criticize.
Nina Totenberg, NPR News, Washington.
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