Donald Trump issues full pardon to former aide to Dick Cheney

Donald Trump issues full pardon to former aide to Dick Cheney

Justice deferred may be justice denied, but for I. Lewis ("Scooter") Libby, former Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, who was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in 2007, President Donald Trump's pardon on Friday, however belated, was welcome. While Mr. Fitzgerald prepared her, she recalls, his pointed queries led her to believe that a four-word question regarding Joseph Wilson surrounded by parentheses in her notebook-"(wife works in Bureau?)"-proved that Mr. Libby had told her about Ms. Plame's Central Intelligence Agency employment in a June 23, 2003, conversation (well before Mr. Libby's phone conversation with Russert).

Above all, Mr. Trump pardoned an innocent man.

Excerpts of Comey's new book due out Tuesday, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership", slam Trump, calling him "unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values".

In a statement released after the pardon, Toensing called out Comey, who was deputy attorney general during Libby's case and appointed Fitzgerald as special prosecutor to investigate the matter.

Mr Trump said in a statement that he does not know Libby but "for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly". "Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life". Libby could not immediately be reached for comment.

Libby was convicted of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was sentenced to 30 months in prison in 2007. Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican and daughter of the former vice president, said Libby was the victim of a "miscarriage of justice", and she thanked Trump for "righting a awful wrong".

Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage admitted that he was the source of the leak, but only Scooter Libby was found guilty of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and obstructing justice.

Trump's pardon may send another message - that he is willing to use his pardon power to reward loyalists and to punish prosecutors he sees as running amok.

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"One thing has nothing to do with the other", she said. Bolton was a key Bush administration advocate, along with Cheney and Libby, of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.

As CNN reports, the White House made Trump's pardon of Libby official midday on Friday, less than 24 hours rumors began to swirl that the president was considering such a move.

Former President Bush added to The Guardian: "President Bush is very pleased for Scooter and his family".

Prior to his conviction, Libby served for more than a decade at the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and the White House.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said on Twitter that it "seems like [Trump's] sending a message to current WH staff anxious about investigation of Trump obstruction: 'Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours'".

Cohen and Manafort are among those swept up in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into the Trump campaign and alleged Russian election interference. "And there's no particular reason to pardon Scooter Libby", Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler said earlier Friday, amid reports that a pardon was planned.

Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson called Trump a "vile and despicable individual."

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