Trump expected to pardon former Cheney aide Libby

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A source in the White House said on Thursday that Trump was considering a pardon.

President Donald Trump has issued a full pardon to Scooter Libby, a former top aide to vice president Dick Cheney, after suggesting he had been "treated unfairly" by special counsel. Rather, it's been mostly about alleged false statements, just as it was with Libby.

Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff, was convicted in 2007 of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak of the covert identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame.

Trump's ambiguous statement on the pardon adds fuel to the fire regarding speculation that the pardon means something deeper. No one, however, was charged for the leak. He is innocent, and he and his family have suffered for years because of his wrongful conviction.

"I don't understand Mr. Libby", Trump stated in a White House announcement, "yet years I have learned he was dealt with unfairly".

Democrats quickly criticized the president'therefore move, drawing a arc working against the Iraq war to today and linking the Libby pardon to Trump's sour feud with James Comey, that Trump declared as FBI manager last calendar year, and also to a widening investigation of possible connections between the Trump Russian and campaign meddling in the 20-16 presidential elections. Trump, by this Libby pardon, is proving once more in a growing list of actions that he's committing obstruction of justice, which I'm pretty sure comes under the heading of impeachable "high crimes and misdemeanors". Trump's pardoning of Libby could coincide with the release of Comey's tell-all memoir.




Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson condemned Trump for pardoning Lewis "Scooter" Libby Friday.

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To the Never-Trumpers who think that our president is a lout and a ruffian who cares nothing for decent standards of behavior, I say: What you call "decent standards of behavior" have become so perverse, so cowardly, so hypocritical and so self-serving that only an outsider, a "lout", a "ruffian" with contempt for your standards will have the courage to do the right thing.

Fact is, Mr. Libby did not leak Ms. Plame's identity - and everyone involved in the case, starting with hard-charging (and that's putting it kindly) special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, knew it before any trial or legal proceedings began.

In 2007, a federal court found him guilty of four felonies, including lying to investigators and a grand jury, and obstructing justice.

Fitzgerald knew all along that someone else, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, had leaked Plame's name.

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