I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby
“The best thing I can offer you right now is that the president’s reaction is that he respected the verdict, he respects the jury, and we’re just not going to be able to comment beyond it.” - White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino.
“The results are actually sad. It’s sad that we had a situation where a high-level official, a person who worked in the office of the vice president, obstructed justice and lied under oath. We wish that it had not happened, but it did.” - Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who led the leak investigation.
“We believe, as we said at the time of his indictment, that he is totally innocent, totally innocent, and that he did not do anything wrong. And we intend to keep fighting to establish his innocence.” - Theodore Wells, Libby’s defense attorney.
“I will say there was a tremendous amount of sympathy for Mr. Libby on the jury. It was said a number of times, what are we doing with this guy here? Where’s Rove? Where are these other guys? I’m not saying we didn’t think Mr. Libby was guilty of the things we found him guilty of. It seemed like he was, as Mr. Wells put it, he was the fall guy.” - Juror Denis Collins, a former Washington Post reporter.
“The testimony unmistakably revealed - at the highest levels of the Bush administration - a callous disregard in handling sensitive national security information and a disposition to smear critics of the war in Iraq.” - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
“Now President Bush must pledge not to pardon Libby for his criminal conduct.” — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
— The Associated Press