Trump Pardons Ex-Cheney Aide Who Lied To FBI

President Donald Trump speaks during an event on tax policy in the Rose Garden of the White House Thursday

Critics of Trump quickly interpreted the pardon as a signal by the president that he would protect those who refuse to turn on their bosses, as Libby was presumed not to have betrayed Cheney.

Libby was convicted of making false statements, perjury and obstruction of justice in the 2007 investigation of Plame, a former covert Central Intelligence Agency agent and the wife of former ambassador Joseph Wilson IV. After the pardon, she said in a statement that the argument that Libby had been treated unfairly was "simply false". He said, in essence, that he doesn't know Libby, but heard he got a raw deal.

Mr. Trump explained his full pardon by saying he has heard for years "that he has been treated unfairly". Hopefully, this full pardon may definitely help a part of his entire life. 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.

Mr. Libby, who resigned from his position after pleading not guilty, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000. Trump himself is wrapped up in a special counsel investigation that he's decried as a "witch hunt", and is fuming about a book Comey has written detailing his interactions with Trump when he was serving as FBI director. David Andrews plays Scooter Libby in the film. As Arthur Herman wrote in Commentary, an overzealous special prosecutor framed Libby, a dedicated public servant (and a friend of this writer).

Paul Manafort, " rsquo & Trump;s campaign chairman, and there are also a Manafort associate among those who've been shrouded in the Russian probe. Last year, he pardoned Joe Arpaio, a former Arizona sheriff who campaigned for Trump, less than a month after he was convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving racial profiling. Libby was convicted at a good trial, & rdquo of obstruction of justice and perjury; Plame claimed in an declaration.

"Pardoning Libby was the right thing to do after the principal witness recanted her testimony", she said at the daily briefing.


There are other anomalies in the pardon: Libby was a key figure in promoting support for the Iraq War, which Trump has reviled as a disaster.

The pardon was the third for Mr Trump.

Speaking to Wolf Blitzer in 2007, Trump bemoaned Libby's predicament. I think he has an audience of three, perhaps more.

Trump spent the morning raving that Comey is a "proven LEAKER and LIAR" who "virtually everyone in Washington thought should be fired"-an apt description of Scooter Libby".

Still others view it as an ominous sign as indictments continue to grow in Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. He granted one previous year to former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was awaiting sentencing for contempt of court. He hasn't gone through the pardon office.

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