At his post-verdict press conference, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said Libby had “lied and obstructed justice in a serious matter. The results are actually sad. It’s sad that we had a situation where 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.”
Fitzgerald added, “it’s not the verdict that justifies the investigation, it’s the facts.”
The Nation’s David Corn asked Fitzgerald to comment on his previous courtroom assertion that, “There is a cloud over the vice president…There is a cloud over the White House.” Fitzgerald responded that “the fact that there was a cloud over anyone was not our doing, it was the facts of the case, [and] it was aggravated by Mr. Libby telling falsehoods.”
UPDATE: White House spokeswoman Dana Perino says the White House will continue its “principled stand” of not commenting:
PERINO: I know that there’s going to be a lot of disappointment with this, but there is an ongoing criminal proceeding. Scooter Libby’s attorneys just announced that they are going to ask for a new trial, and that they are going to, failing that, they would appeal the verdict. And so our principled stand of not commenting on ongoing legal investigations is going to continue.
UPDATE II: Fmr. Ambassador Joseph Wilson on MSNBC’s Countdown and CNN’s Larry King Live tonight.