White House: Little Comment on Libby Verdict

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By: E&P Staff

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino this afternoon said President Bush would have no comment on the verdict in the CIA leak case, beyond, “He respects the jury’s verdict” and “He was saddened for Scooter Libby and his family.”

She said that the press would be “disappointed to hear” that the White House was going to stand by its rule adopted long ago that it would “not comment on an ongoing legal procedure.”

The trial was over but it would be appealed, she said, guaranteeing no comment, probably, before Bush finishes out his term in office.

In a conference call later, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, husband of the outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, noted the president’s expression of sympathy for Libby and his family, but asked why the White House had never expressed similar feelings for his wife after losing her career at the agency.

Wilson will be appearing on MSNBC’s Countdown and CNN’s Larry King show tonight.

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