June 5, 2007
Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff is headed to prison for 2½ years.
Federal Judge Reggie Walton also ordered Libby to pay $250,000 in fines. Additionally, the former aide will be on probation for two years following the completion of his prison term. Libby must report to a probation officer within 72 hours of sentencing, unless Walton allows Libby to go free on bond pending appeal of the case. Court is still in session while the judge considers the request. Libby did not speak to reporters as he left the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C.
Fitzgerald said it was "sad" that a "high level official in the vice president's office lied."
There has been speculation that President George W. Bush could pardon the former aide to the Vice President, but a White House spokesperson has called talked of a pardon "wildly hypothetical."