Statement from Vice President Cheney on Scooter Libby

    WASHINGTON, June 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a
 statement by Vice President Cheney:
     "Scooter has dedicated much of his life to public service at the State
 Department, the Department of Defense and the White House. In each of these
 assignments he has served the nation tirelessly and with great distinction.
 I relied on him heavily in my capacity as Secretary of Defense and as Vice
 President. I have always considered him to be a man of the highest
 intellect, judgment and personal integrity -- a man fully committed to
 protecting the vital security interests of the United States and its
 citizens. Scooter is also a friend, and on a personal level Lynne and I
 remain deeply saddened by this tragedy and its effect on his wife, Harriet,
 and their young children. The defense has indicated it plans to appeal the
 conviction in the case. Speaking as friends, we hope that our system will
 return a final result consistent with what we know of this fine man."
 
 

SOURCE White House Press Office

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