Jul 05,2007 00:00
WASHINGTON -- The White House Thursday criticized former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton for remarks on the commutation of I. Lewis Libby's sentence.
Libby, a former vice presidential aide, was convicted of lying to investigators in the leaking of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison, two years probation and a $250,000 fine. U.S. President George Bush Monday threw out the jail time but left the probation and fine intact.
Senator Clinton, D-N.Y., who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination accused Bush of issuing the pardon to keep Libby from revealing White House machinations while the former president denied any of the pardons he issued were for self-preservation.
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