Pres. Trump pardons Scooter Libby

Dean Simpson
April 14, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of personnel to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, is greeted by photographers as he departs a national shot at the end of this third evening of his own perjury demo in Washington, "U.S., February 2 3, 2007".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, at a briefing with reporters, said the pardon had absolutely nothing to do with with rsquo & Trump;s views about Mueller's evaluation.

President Trump hadnt even issued his pardon of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby when the Democratic Party foghorns started suggesting he was doing it for reasons they see as nefarious.

Summary: President Donald Trump pardoned Scooter Libby on Friday.


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.

In 2007, James Comey was the deputy attorney general, and appointed a special counsel to oversee the FBI investigation into Libby. Like Trump, Libby had also been investigated by James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director that Trump had fired and is now releasing a tell-all about Trump's administration. More than that, news of the pardon came unexpectedly and quickly late Thursday. In its announcement, the White House said that my recantation of my testimony had helped persuade the president that Libby had been treated unfairly.

Libby was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000, but his sentence was commuted by then-President George W. Bush.

The fact that Bush never offered Libby a full pardon created friction between the former president and his vice president.


To be sure, today's media see all sorts of ulterior motives in Mr. Trump's action, calling it a shot across the bow and a warning to the special counsel, Robert Mueller, pursuing him.

"Suffice to say, he's thrilled", she said of Libby, who she said had just gotten out of an MRI. 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".

Mr. Fitzgerald, who had the classified file of Ms. Plame's service, withheld her State Department cover from Ms. Miller-and from Mr. Libby's lawyers, who had requested Ms. Plame's employment history. Most notably, he pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff whose crackdown on immigrants in the US illegally, resulted in a conviction for criminal contempt. His record since his conviction is similarly unblemished, and he continues to be held in high regard by his colleagues and peers. He said, in essence, that he doesn't know Libby, but heard he got a raw deal.

The president has regularly blasted the whole Russian Federation investigation as invasive and "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"


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