What they said about Libby before he was convicted

Bush, Cheney praised him as a dedicated public servant.

Published March 6, 2007 6:36PM (EST)

People will have much to say about the Scooter Libby case in the days ahead. We think it's worth remembering what certain folks have said in the past.

Dick Cheney, October 2005: "Scooter Libby is one of the most capable and talented individuals I have ever known. He has given many years of his life to public service and has served our nation tirelessly and with great distinction."

George W. Bush, October 2005: "Scooter has worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people and sacrificed much in the service to this country. He served the vice president and me through extraordinary times in our nation's history."

Weekly Standard editor and Fox News pundit Bill Kristol, September 2006: "Bush should pardon Libby. He should do it now. It would be fantastic. The Democrats would go crazy ... He didn't lie, in any serious meaning of lying before a grand jury."

Lynne Cheney, December 2006: "I think we're seeing an instance of a man who spent a great deal of his life as a dedicated public servant, who's done an awful lot of good in a situation that does not reflect well on our judicial system."

Former Sen. and Libby defense fundraiser Fred Thompson, February 2007: Patrick Fitzgerald "had to realize early on that the matter he was appointed to investigate was not a crime. He should have put his little papers in his briefcase and gone back to Chicago."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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