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Reaction to Libby guilty verdict in CIA leak case

Former U.S. vice presidential aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby was found guilty Tuesday of four of five counts of lying, perjury and obstructing justice during an investigation tied to the Iraq war.

Following are some reactions to the verdict:

WHITE HOUSE SPOKESWOMAN DANA PERINO

"The president was informed. He was in the oval office. He saw the verdict read on television... He said that he respected the jury's verdict. He said he was saddened for "Scooter" Libby and his family ... Any administration that has to go through a prolonged news story that is unpleasant and one that is difficult when they're under the constraints of a policy of (not commenting on ongoing legal proceedings), that can be very frustrating."

PROSECUTOR PATRICK FITZGERALD

"Obviously we are gratified by the jury's verdict today. The jury worked very long and hard, and deliberated at some length over the charges and returned a verdict of guilty on four of the counts. The jury was obviously convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant had lied and obstructed justice in a serious matter. The results are actually sad, it's sad that we had a high level official, a person who worked in the office of the vice president, obstructed justice and lied under oath. We wish that had not happened, but it did."

LIBBY LAWYER THEODORE WELLS

"We are very disappointed with the verdict of the jury... We intend to file a motion for a new trial and if that is denied, we will appeal the conviction and we have every confidence that ultimately Mr. Libby will be vindicated. We believe... that he is totally innocent, totally innocent and that he did not do anything wrong."

U.S. HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI

"This trial provided a troubling picture of the inner workings of the Bush Administration. The testimony unmistakably revealed -- at the highest levels of the Bush Administration -- a callous disregard in handling sensitive national security information and a disposition to smear critics of the war in Iraq."

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID

"I welcome the jury's verdict. It's about time someone in the Bush Administration has been held accountable for the campaign to manipulate intelligence and discredit war critics. Lewis Libby has been convicted of perjury, but his trial revealed deeper truths about Vice President Cheney's role in this sordid affair. Now President Bush must pledge not to pardon Libby for his criminal conduct."

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