Trump's Libby pardon sign of what's to come

Katrina Barker
April 16, 2018

Further ponderings have been considered due to comments from Kellyanne Conway, who serves as Trump's White House counsel.

President Donald Trump plans to pardon I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby - the onetime chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney during the Bush administration, reports said Friday. Rather, it's been mostly about alleged false statements, just as it was with Libby. He came under investigation in 2003, after speculation that he leaked the identity of a secret Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame, to newspaper reporters. "I am grateful today that President Trump righted this wrong by issuing a full pardon to Scooter", Cheney said in a statement.

Trump was assaulting the Federal Bureau of Investigation to Russian meddling in the 20-16 election to get connections amid the evaluation of the 20-16 presidential campaign.

He said that he and his family are grateful and that they have "suffered under the weight of a awful injustice". Mr. Libby, prosecutors said, lied about where he learned of her identity and what he discussed with reporters. The Court agreed with the District of Columbia Disciplinary Counsel, who stated that Mr. Libby had presented "credible evidence" in support of his innocence, including evidence that a key prosecution witness had "changed her recollection of the events in question". At a press conference after Libby's conviction, Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor whom his friend, then Deputy Attorney General James Comey, had appointed, called my testimony crucial to the verdict.

President George W. Bush commuted Libby's sentence of 30 months, but refused to pardon him. Trump pardoned Scooter Libby on Friday.

He added that Trump is "essentially developing a coalition of extremists".

Ms Plame said a pardon would send a message "that you can commit crimes against national security and you will be pardoned". The CIA requested a Department of Justice investigation into the naming of Plame as an agent - a breach of classified information.

Libby was convicted in connection with the investigation into the leaking of the name of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame.

In March 2007, Libby was found guilty on the four felony counts, becoming the highest-ranking White House official convicted since the Iran-Contra scandal in the 1980s. Nor would he say why he pursued Libby after learning early on that the source of the leak was not Libby, but Richard Armitage, an aide to Secretary of State Colin Powell, who had argued against the war.

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