Trump Pardons Famous Victim of "Special Counsel Gone Amok"

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Trump Pardons Famous Victim of "Special Counsel Gone Amok"

"On the day the President wrongly attacks Comey for being a "leaker and liar" he considers pardoning a convicted leaker and liar, Scooter Libby", Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., wrote on Twitter.

"Scooter Libby is one of the most capable, principled, and honorable men I have ever known". "In eight years, I had never seen Dick like this, or even close to it. Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad potion of his life". Libby was prosecuted for lying to the FBI and for obstruction of justice in an investigation into who leaked the identity of covert Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame. President George W. Bush later commuted Libby's 30-month prison sentence, but didn't issue a pardon despite intense pressure from Cheney. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders noted in a statement on the pardon that Libby still paid a $250,000 fine and performed 400 hours of community service.

"I don't know Mr. Libby", Trump admitted in a statement published by the White House.

Libby wasn't alone in scheming against the Wilsons, an unpatriotic Bush White House plot that also embroiled political strategist Karl Rove and Richard Armitage, an aide to Colin Powell. He was convicted of obstruction of justice and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after leaking the name of covert Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame.

Ms Plame said a pardon would send a message "that you can commit crimes against national security and you will be pardoned". His 2003 New York Times op-ed undermined Bush's claim that Iraq's former President Saddam Hussein had purchased materials needed for a nuclear weapon from Africa. In pardoning Libby, Trump, who complains nearly daily about leaks, put himself in the peculiar position of pardoning a man convicted of involvement in a national-security leak. This commutation fell short of Dick Cheney's recommendation to grant a full pardon and exonerate his chief of staff of any wrong-doing.

Kellyanne Conway, counsel to the president, explained to reporters earlier Friday that many believe Libby was the victim of a "special counsel run amock".

In pardoning Libby, Trump has not done much concrete for Cheney's former chief of staff. Libby was disbarred after his conviction but reinstated in 2016.

Democrats quickly criticized the president'therefore move, drawing a arc working against the Iraq war to today and linking the Libby pardon to Trump's sour feud with James Comey, that Trump declared as FBI manager last calendar year, and also to a widening investigation of possible connections between the Trump Russian and campaign meddling in the 20-16 presidential elections. "That is simply false", Plame said in a statement. He granted one past year for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was awaiting sentencing for contempt of court.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz sent his report on McCabe to Capitol Hill on Friday ahead of its expected public release.