Larsen Statement on the President's Decision To Commute Libby Prison Sentence

Jul 3, 2007

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) released the following statement today on President Bush decision to commute I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s prison sentence:

“Once again, the President has rejected accountability for the actions of his Administration. Mr. Libby was convicted of lying to authorities and obstructing an investigation into the public disclosure of a CIA operative’s identity.  His actions were a serious violation of the public trust, and serious actions should have serious consequences.

“The President’s decision to set aside Mr. Libby’s sentence – which had been determined and upheld by a court of law -- sends the message that the Bush White House is above the law. But this President and his Administration are not above the law, and together with my colleagues I will keep working to hold them accountable and provide the oversight the American people have demanded.”