Senator Sanders Statement on Clemency for Libby

Senator Bernie Sanders issued a statement after President Bush commuted the 30-month prison sentence for I. Lewis Libby Jr., the former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney.

"A jury of his peers found Libby guilty of lying about his role in revealing the identity of a covert C.I.A. operative," Sanders said. "It is unfortunate that President Bush in commuting his sentence has once again put political considerations above the interests of our judicial system."

Libby was convicted in March of obstructing justice and lying to a grand jury and F.B.I. agents during a White House leak investigation. The president announced that he had granted clemency hours after a federal appeals court denied Libby's request to remain free while his case is on appeal.