ABC News’ Steven Portnoy Reports: The former ambassador whose criticism of the Bush administration touched off the CIA leak scandal calls President Bush an "accessory" to obstruction of justice.
In an interview with ABC News Radio, Joseph Wilson said Bush’s commutation of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby’s prison term demonstrates that "this administration is corrupt to the core – from top to bottom."
The rare exercise of executive clemency saves Libby from 30 months in federal prison, but it does not absolve him of $250,000 in fines and two years of supervised release.
Libby was convicted in March of lying to federal investigators about his role in the leak of the identify of Wilson’s wife Valerie Plame, who was an undercover CIA operative.
In commuting part of Libby’s sentence, Wilson says, President Bush is complicit in Libby’s crimes.
"He is an accessory to the obstruction of justice in this commutation of the sentence," Wilson told ABC News. "He, himself, is now under a cloud."
Wilson, who criticized the White House in the summer of 2003 for improperly claiming that Saddam Hussein sought weapons-grade uranium from Africa, is suing a number of current and former Bush administration officials – including Vice President Cheney – claiming the White House staffers sought to ruin his reputation and that of his wife, former CIA officer Valerie Plame.
But, he said, "We have suffered nothing compared to what has been suffered by our troops and their family members as a consequence of a war engaged in by an administration that justified it through lies."