Quotes on the Libby Indictment and Resignation

Quotes provided by the Associated Press

Reaction to the indictment Friday of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr., aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, on charges of obstruction of justice, making a false statement and perjury in the CIA leak case:

"I have accepted his decision with deep regret." - Vice President Dick Cheney, in a statement accepting Libby's resignation following the indictment.

---

"When citizens testify before grand juries they are required to tell the truth. Without the truth, our criminal justice system cannot serve our nation or its citizens. The requirement to tell the truth applies equally to all citizens, including persons who hold high positions in government." - Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald.

---

"Thanks for the chance to get out of Washington." - President Bush, in an address earlier in the day as Washington awaited the indictment, to members of the military in Norfolk, Va.

---

"Today's indictments represent the beginning, but not the end, of the process of finally holding the Bush administration accountable for its conduct in foisting a pre-emptive war on this country." - Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.

---

"What brought down the Nixon administration wasn't the burglary itself, but the cover-up of it. What caused Clinton's indictment wasn't that he had an affair with Monica Lewinsky but he lied about it. It's consistent with what we've seen in scandals for a long time." - Erwin Chemerinsky, a Duke Law School professor.

---

"They suggest that a senior White House aide put politics ahead of our national security and the rule of law." - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

---

"It appears to be a case of revenge run amok." - Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on allegations that the CIA leak was an effort to undermine a critic of the Iraq war.

---

"As so often happens with Washington scandals, it isn't the original scandal that gets people in the most trouble - it's the attempted cover-up." - Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis.

---

"Today's events only confirm that we need to know answers to the larger question: Did this administration deliberately lie to Congress in order to obtain its authorization to go to war?" - Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.