U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement in response to President Bush’s decision to commute I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s sentence:

“I am disappointed by President Bush’s decision to commute Mr. Libby’s sentence.  Libby was, like other felons, convicted by a jury of his peers, and the laws against perjury should apply equally to everyone.  Thousands of other convicted felons, just like Mr. Libby, have arguments that their convictions were unjust or should be overturned for some reason.  We have an appeals process to deal with those claims.  Mr. Libby should not get special treatment just because he has been loyal to President Bush.”