Monday, July 9, 2007

Conyers Urges Bush to Explain Libby Move

New York Times: WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers exhorted President Bush Monday to allow top aides to explain to Congress why Bush commuted I. Lewis ''Scooter'' Libby's prison sentence.

In a letter to Bush on Monday, Conyers said the commutation was troubling and could eliminate Libby's incentive to provide information about the administration's role in leaking the identity of former CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson. ...Conyers, D-Mich., urged Bush ''to waive Executive Privilege and provide the relevant documents and testimony of any relevant aides regarding your decision to commute Mr. Libby's sentence.''

The congressman said that his committee on Wednesday will hold a hearing to ''explore the grave questions that arise when the Presidential clemency power is used to erase criminal penalties for high-ranking executive branch employees whose offenses relate to their work for the President.''

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