Why Trump's Scooter Libby Pardon Is A Good Thing

Why Trump's Scooter Libby Pardon Is A Good Thing

The press secretary further pointed to Libby's decade of "honorable service to the Nation" in the State Department, Defense Department, and White House before his conviction and similar performance since his conviction.

Plame and her husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson, both say the pardon was meant to send a message to subjects of the ongoing special counsel investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election that he has their back.

Libby, who was chief of staff to then-Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted of perjury in 2007 in the investigation into the leaked identity of former Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame.

Libby, the chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted in 2007 of perjury and obstruction of justice related to the investigation into the leak of Plame's identity.

Yet on Friday April 13, President Trump pardoned one of the most notorious leakers in recent political history: I. Lewis [Scooter] Libby, Jr. "Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life". "But for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly".

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Plame was married to a critic of the Bush administration.

Former FBI director James Comey - who at the time was serving as deputy attorney general - was the one who appointed a special prosecutor in the Plame case. Other publications with advance reports included the Washington Post, ABC News and Politico.

He was originally sentenced to 30 months in prison and was fined $250,000, but was ultimately spared jail time when then-President George W. Bush commuted his sentence. "President Trump's pardon is not based on the truth". The next year, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals unanimously reinstated Mr. Libby to the bar, reauthorizing him to practice law. "It's about Donald Trump and his future", Plame said on MSNBC.

"But this person who the President doesn't know, who allows him to make a political statement and also to send a message as you suggest to people who are now in the hot seat with respect to the Mueller investigation, I find it very hard to come to any other conclusion than he's sending a message", he continued.

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