Mitt Romney Says Scooter Libby Deserves A Careful Review

Speaking to reporters Mitt Romney says the case of convicted White House aide Scooter Libby deserves a close look. “I took a careful review during my term as governor of the people that were brought forward. That doesn’t mean I pardoned them, but I took a careful review. I think this deserves a very careful review,” Romney said. During his term as governor Romney carefully reviewed 100 requests for commutations and 172 requests for pardons, and denied every one of them. He said he did that because he didn’t want to overturn a jury. He says Libby’s case needs looking at because, “I think the prosecutor may well have abused prosecutorial discretion by pursuing the investigation after he had learned that the source of the leak was Richard Armitage,” Romney said. “He knew that there was, therefore, not a crime committed and yet, he proceeded with the investigation knowing that there was no crime to pursue.”….”That abuse of prosecutorial discretion justifies a very careful look,” he said. So he is appealing to the pro-Scooter Libby crowd without committing to anything. If his history is any indication Libby will serve his whole sentence under a President Romney. It is really a moot point, because President Bush will pardon Libby on his way out.
Alan Cosgrove

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