Bush Has a Nixonian Perception of Justice (Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse)

President Bush's decision to commute Scooter Libby's prison sentence is shocking and highly inappropriate.  From a secret program that eavesdropped on Americans without a warrant to efforts to expose a CIA agent as part of a campaign of political retaliation, at every turn this administration has shown a level of contempt for our system of justice that is Nixonian in its scope and impact.  At a time when the Bush administration's commitment to justice is in serious doubt, for the president to choose to overrule the decision of a judge in a court of law to protect a political ally is a telling statement that he and his advisors simply believe themselves to be above the law.