WASHINGTON, DC—Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s decision to commute the sentence of inmate Chelsea Manning:

“Our military troops, diplomats and intelligence officers risk their lives every day to keep our country safe and free. Manning betrayed them all by leaking thousands of classified documents, putting American lives at risk and our allies in danger. For President Obama to commute Manning’s sentence is an insult to the rule of law and is an added stain on his legacy of abused executive action.”