Reporting of the president’s commuting of Lewis Libby’s sentence provides an abject warning not to trust the Brit MSM.
First, here’s what happened:
President Bush yesterday commuted the 30-month prison sentence of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, just hours after a federal appeals-court panel said the former White House aide could not remain free on bond pending an appeal…
“This case has generated significant commentary and debate,” Mr. Bush said, noting that neither Libby nor anyone else was charged with violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act or the Espionage Act, which were the original concerns of the investigation into the leak of Mrs. Plame’s CIA role.
Now here’s the London Daily Telegraph (my emphasis):
President George W Bush last night spared the former White House aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby from jail, dramatically intervening in his case to commute his sentence while leaving the conviction intact.
Mr Libby had faced 30 months in jail for offences of perjury and obstruction of justice linked to the leaking of the identity of Valerie Plame, a covert CIA operative whose husband had angered the Bush administration by publicly questioning its use of Iraq intelligence.
The Daily Telegraph is spinning the Dem talk points and I will no longer trust it.
Still, the president’s decision is a good one since the judge’s sentencing was spiteful.