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The White House reacts

From NBC's Tammy Kupperman
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino says at the time the Libby verdict came out, President Bush was in the Oval Office with chief of staff Josh Bolten and adviser Dan Bartlett and saw it read on television.

Perino provided Bush's reaction. "He said that he respected the jury's verdict, that he was saddened for Scooter Libby and his family." Perino added that because it is still an ongoing criminal proceeding (given the defense team's announcement it will ask for a new trial and/or appeal), "our principled stand on not commenting on an ongoing legal investigation is going to continue," she said.