Trump pardons '# 039 & Scooter; Libby

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Shortly after it was announced that President Donald Trump had pardoned former Dick Cheney aide Scooter Libby, the husband of ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame called into MSNBC to discuss.

Trump's ambiguous statement on the pardon adds fuel to the fire regarding speculation that the pardon means something deeper.

"Today, President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) to I". Whatever Trump does or doesn't know about Libby, however, someone must have told him why the Bush administration's former vice presidential chief of staff ended his career with multiple felony convictions and narrowly escaped prison.

Libby had been convicted of perjury in the investigation into who leaked the identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame.

In 2007, James Comey was the deputy attorney general, and appointed a special counsel to oversee the FBI investigation into Libby. Fitzgerald is a longtime friend and colleague of James Comey, the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director whose new memoir paints a scathing portrait of Trump's character and conduct in office. Key to Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgeralds case against Mr. Libby was testimony of ex-New York Times reporter Judith Miller. “Ms.

"I don't know Mr. Libby, but for years, I have heard that he has been treated unfairly", Trump said in a statement from the White House.

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"Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life", he said.

Libby's 30 month prison sentence was commuted by then-President George W. Bush, but he did not pardon him. The White House said that a witness against Libby later changed her version of events and that Libby had a decade of public service and an "unblemished" record since.

In 2016, the District of Columbia reinstated Libby's license. The pardon comes at a moment when the president faces an escalating special counsel investigation of his own.

Ms Plame said a pardon would send a message "that you can commit crimes against national security and you will be pardoned".

White House aides mentioned which Trump fumed more than Federal Bureau of Investigation raids related to the evaluation on Monday of this office at dwelling Michael Cohen, of the personal lawyer. The injustice was so abject that one juror wept as the verdict was read, and two stated they hoped Mr. Libby would be pardoned. In August 2017, in the aftermath of an intensified Mueller probe, the Charlottesville violence, and executive branch shake-ups including the departure of Steve Bannon, Trump abruptly pardoned Arizona Sherriff Joe Arpaio, a brutal xenophobe who was convicted of racial profiling and who held Latinos captive in torturous conditions. Rather, it's been mostly about alleged false statements, just as it was with Libby.

Trump has termed Mueller's probe a "rdquo & witch search; and Russian Federation and also he have denied any wrongdoing". One side wanted to use Scooter Libby as a step ladder to reach up and pull down someone higher.