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What President Bush has done in commuting I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s sentence will be regarded as one of the most shameful acts a sitting U.S. president has ever committed (“Bush commutes Libby’s prison sentence,” Page 1,Tuesday).

Let’s review facts: Libby was charged by a special prosecutor a Republican, by the way of perjury and obstruction of justice. He received a fair trial and was convicted by a jury. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton, a conservative appointed by Mr. Bush, sentenced Libby to 30 months in federal prison. Now, for the first time in history, a sitting president has commuted the prison sentence of a high-ranking White House official convicted of a federal crime.

Excuse me, but wasn’t there a time when Republicans were all about the so-called rule of law? Remember President Clinton’s impeachment for lying about sex? Republicans wouldn’t shut up about it.

This was supposed to be the administration that was going to restore accountability to the White House. Well, where is it?

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