Pres. Trump pardons Scooter Libby

Apr 14, 2018, 12:08
Pres. Trump pardons Scooter Libby

He added that Mr Trump "recognised this wrong and would not let it persist". The President has the right to pardon Mr. Libby and Mr. Libby has been pardoned.

Indeed, Fitzgerald in his statement reiterated what the government wrote in its sentencing memo after Libby's conviction, that he "lied repeatedly and blatantly about matters at the heart of a criminal investigation concerning the disclosure of a covert intelligence officer's identity".

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, while declining at the time to confirm Mr Trump's plans for a pardon, said earlier today that "many people think that Scooter Libby was the victim of a special counsel gone amok".

Now he's being pardoned for it, which suggests of course that Mr. Trump is willing to allow people to violate the essence of our defense structure, our national security, our intelligence apparatus and essentially get away with it. Many believe that Libby took a fall to protect his boss, Vice President Dick Cheney. In 2007, Libby was convicted of four felony counts of perjury relating to an investigation into the unauthorized disclosure to the press of the identity of a Central Intelligence Agency officer, Valerie Plame.

Sanders beat back questions that Trump's pardon was sending a message to those witnesses who might by cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

The spokesman, Freddy Ford, says, "President Bush is very pleased for Scooter and his family".

"I don't know Mr Libby", Mr Trump said in a statement issued by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Trump - who is now trying to deal with Mueller's investigation without the help of a White House communications director - has increasingly outsourced his messaging to Fox News.

The chief federal prosecutor in Libby's case was Patrick Fitzgerald, then the U.S. Attorney from the Northern District of IL.

Libby was not accused of blowing Plame's cover, but of lying during the subsequent inquiry.

President George W. Bush commuted Libby's 30-month prison sentence. No one was ever charged with the leak.

"I chose to go back and correct the record in my own book, which I did, and when Scooter Libby was given his law license back a year and a half ago, the judge specifically cited my testimony, the recantation of my testimony, as one of the factors in his decision".

It turns out that the justice department official who appointed the special prosecutor who went after Scooter Libby was none other than President Trumps current nattering nemesis of negativism, James Comey.

Plame was exposed as a Central Intelligence Agency operative during the George W. Bush administration. Libby, who served as Cheney's chief of staff, was convicted in 2007 of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to FBI investigators.

Victoria Toensing, Libby's lawyer, said Friday that Trump called her personally around 1 p.m.to break the news. That's according to a person familiar with the president's decision; the person wasn't authorized to discuss the decision ahead of its public announcement and demanded anonymity. "This is about Donald Trump and his future", she said Friday appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

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