April 24, 2018

Pres. Trump pardons Scooter Libby

15 April 2018, 05:32 | Rufus Hill

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney stands with adviser I. Lewis"Scooter Libby

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The decision to grant clemency to I.

Libby was chief of staff for then-Vice President Dick Cheney, who wanted President Bush to pardon Libby.

Libby was convicted of lying in the investigation into who leaked Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame's name to the media in what was seen as an attempt to discredit the opposition of her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, to the Iraq war.

The ink on the pardon was barely dry, however, when critics began saying that President Trump had pardoned Libby to signal to those facing charges in Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe that he will pardon them, too, if they are convicted.

In the case of Mr. Libby, our view is that President Trump did the right thing. "But for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly". Hopefully, this full pardon may definitely help a part of his entire life.

Conservatives have rallied around Libby's case, arguing he was the victim of an overly zealous and politically motivated prosecution by a special counsel.

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Libby was originally sentenced to 30 months in prison and a $250,000 fine.

"It's not about me, it's absolutely not about "Scooter" Libby," she said. But critics noted the timing, coming as Trump fumes over Robert Mueller's probe, which he has dubbed a "witch hunt". Though spared jail time, Libby was not pardoned.

In a tweet, Cheney's daughter, Liz, now serving as a U.S. representative from Wyoming, said Libby is "a good, honorable and innocent man who was the victim of prosecutorial misconduct and a miscarriage of justice". Although no one was charged with the actual leak, Libby was convicted of lying to FBI investigators. Rather, it's been mostly about alleged false statements, just as it was with Libby.

Some question whether Trump really cared about Libby's situation or whether he was trying to send a broader message to those involved in a current investigation regarding Russian Federation meddling in our nation's elections. The Libby pardon coincided with the arrival in the White House of John Bolton as Trump's new national security adviser.

Griffin added that the fact that the only two pardons Trump has issued - the Libby pardon and the pardon of former Maricopa, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio - haven't gone through the typical vetting process is "notable".

Tactically, I think it was a very interesting political move because he's suddenly rallied all the neoconservatives to come out of their rocks and once again be at the forefront of American military adventurism.

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".

Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said earlier Friday that there was no current petition seeking a pardon on file with the DOJ's Office of Pardon Attorney. He issued one a year ago to former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was awaiting sentencing for contempt of court.

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