Nevada Congressman Opposes Presidential Pardon for Libby

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada Congressman Jon Porter has come out against a presidential pardon for former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, while two fellow Republican members of the state's congressional delegation remain mum on the matter.

Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, lost a court fight Thursday that would have put his two-and-a-half-year prison term on hold until his appeals have run out.

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton cited the "overwhelming" evidence that Libby lied to investigators and obstructed Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's inquiry into the 2003 leak of a C.I.A. operative's identity.

Even if Libby fails to win on subsequent appeal, Porter says he doesn't see the need to pardon him.

A spokesman says Senator John Ensign thinks a pardon is President Bush's prerogative but ignored a subsequent e-mail asking whether that means the senator has no opinion on a pardon.

Calls and e-mails to Congressman Dean Heller's office were not returned.

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