Gore: Commutation of Libby sentence 'improper'
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The New York Times reports on comments made by former Vice-president Gore on the commutation of Scooter Libby's sentence:
“I thought it was improper,” Mr. Gore said of the decision. “He was charged with knowledge that could incriminate his bosses in the White House, which included the vice president and the president. I thought it was very disappointing.”
Mr. Gore said the Libby pardon differed from the Clinton administration’s pardons “because in this case the person involved is charged with activities that involve knowledge of what his superiors in the White House did.”
As for 2008, Mr. Gore said he doubted he would be a candidate again ever. Asked to talk about some of the current candidates in the Democratic field — including Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton — he demurred. That response, too, for any possible endorsement at this point (remember his backing of Howard Dean?).
On Friday, Gore announced that he would be bringing one of his Live Earth concerts to the National Mall in Washington.
The series of concerts will feature performances on all seven continents aimed at raising awareness of global warming. Gore said in interviews on CBS and CNN that the Museum of the American Indian invited him to perform in its concert venue on the Mall.
"You may remember earlier in the year ... a couple of global warming naysayers used parliamentary tricks in the Congress to block" a concert on the Mall, Gore said on CNN. "Well, instead of the calvary riding to the rescue, the American Indians came to the rescue."
The concert, featuring performances by Garth Brooks and Tricia Yearwood, will kick off Live Earth's North American shows.
Gore was previously unable to secure a permit to stage his concert on the Mall, and a bipartisan group of Senators introduced a resolution that would have allowed him to stage the concert outside the Capitol. Senate Republicans, led by Oklahoma's James Inhofe, a global warming denier, moved to block the Capitol performances, too.
The following video clips are from CBS's Early Show and CNN's American Morning. Both clips were broadcast on July 6.