Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Governor Richardson's Statement on President Bush's Commutation of Scooter Libby's Sentence

Here is the statement Governor Richardson made yesterday, following the news that President Bush commuted the imprisonment portion of former Special Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice-President, Scooter Libby:

"It's a sad day when the President commutes the sentence of a public official who deliberately and blatantly betrayed the public trust and obstructed an important federal investigation," said Governor Richardson. "This administration clearly believes its officials are above the law, from ignoring FISA laws when eavesdropping on US citizens, to the abuse of classified material, to ignoring the Geneva Conventions and international law with secret prisons and torturing prisoners.

There is a reason we have laws and why we expect our Presidents to obey them. Institutions have a collective wisdom greater than that of any one individual. The arrogance of this administration's disdain for the law and its belief it operates with impunity are breathtaking.

Will the President also commute the sentences of others who obstructed justice and lied to grand juries, or only those who act to protect President Bush and Vice President Cheney?"

Never mind that 60% of the American people oppose commutation of the prison sentence.

Not only is that breathtaking arrogance, as Governor Richardson said, but flagrant disregard for the rule of law.

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