"The President’s commutation of Scooter Libby’s prison sentence does not serve justice, condones criminal conduct, and is a betrayal of trust of the American people.The President said he would hold accountable anyone involved in the Valerie Plame leak case. By his action today, the President shows his word is not to be believed. He has abandoned all sense of fairness when it comes to justice, he has failed to uphold the rule of law, and he has failed to hold his Administration accountable."
Nancy Pelosi, D-California
"Libby's conviction was the one faint glimmer of accountability for White House efforts to manipulate intelligence and silence critics of the Iraq war. Now, even that small bit of justice has been undone."
Sen. Harry Reid
"Independence Day nears, we are reminded that one of the principles our forefathers fought for was equal justice under the law. This commutation completely tramples on that principle."
Sen. Charles Schumer
"I am very happy for Scooter Libby. I know that this is a great relief to him, his wife and children. While for a long time I have urged a pardon for Scooter, I respect the President’s decision. This will allow a good American, who has done a lot for his country, to resume his life."
Fred Thompson, likely presidential candidate
“After evaluating the facts, the President came to a reasonable decision and I believe the decision was correct.”
Rudy Giuliani, presidential candidate
"This president is an embarrassment to our country. He is a complete disaster, he is destroying our democracy and betrays this country on a regular basis. He needs to go."