The American President George W Bush has been accused of abuse of power, after sparing the former White House aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby from prison. The one-time Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney was given two and a half years in jail for obstructing an investigation into a CIA leak. Libby was found guilty of lying about the leaking of the identity of former agent Valerie Plame, whose husband had criticised the war in Iraq.
The decision to spare Libby from prison has angered many, but law professor Paul Rothstein said the President has done nothing illegal. “The President has the absolute power to do this, to grant pardons and commutations. No court, not even the Supreme Court, can overturn it. Congress can’t overturn it”.