WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby cannot delay his 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case, a federal appeals panel unanimously ruled Monday.
The decision is a major setback for Libby, who is running out of legal options and who probably will have to surrender to prison in weeks. The ruling puts pressure on President Bush, who has been sidestepping calls by Libby's allies to pardon the former chief of staff to .
Libby was convicted in March of lying and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative 's identity. He is the highest-ranking White House official ordered to prison since the Iran-Contra affair.