COPY-Wilson denounces Bush decision to keep Libby out of jail

Associated Press - July 3, 2007 8:53 AM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - The husband of former CIA operative Valerie Plame is denouncing President Bush's decision to spare Lewis Libby any prison time in connection with the leak of her identity.

Joseph Wilson tells NBC that Bush has "utterly subverted the rule of law and the system of justice" that has existed for 220 years.

He earlier told a newspaper (the Santa Fe New Mexican) that Congress ought to look into whether Bush himself is "a participant in the obstruction of justice."

Bush's action came just hours after a federal appeals panel ruled that Libby could not delay his prison term.

He was sentenced to 2.5 years for lying and obstruction of justice in the investigation into who leaked Plame's name to reporters.

Libby, a former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, still has to pay a $250,000 fine and serve two years of probation.

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