WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- Vice President Dick Cheney said he was "very disappointed" with the conviction of former aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby for perjury and obstruction of justice.
Libby was convicted Tuesday of two counts of lying involving discussions with reporters, one count of obstruction of justice and a fourth count making a false statement. He was acquitted of one count of perjury.
"I am very disappointed with the verdict," Cheney said in a statement. "I am saddened for Scooter and his family. As I have said before, Scooter has served our nation tirelessly and with great distinction through many years of public service."
Sentencing was set for June 5.
Libby, 56, was Cheney's chief of staff in the Office of the Vice President until his resignation in 2005.
"Since his legal team has announced that he is seeking a new trial and, if necessary, pursuing an appeal, I plan to have no further comment on the merits of this matter until these proceedings are concluded," Cheney said.