Trump planning to pardon Scooter Libby

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Trump planning to pardon Scooter Libby

Mr. Libby, who served as Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, got caught up in a special counsel's investigation about the disclosure to the press of a Central Intelligence Agency agent's identity. He was convicted in 2007 of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements. Libby was not charged with disclosing a Central Intelligence Agency officer's identity, however.

Plame appeared on MSNBC on Friday morning and said a pardon would signal "that you can commit crimes against national security and you will be pardoned".

"I don't understand Mr. Libby", Trump stated in a White House announcement, "yet years I have learned he was dealt with unfairly". Pelosi said the pardon shows Trump is willing to pardon those who lie under oath - and that is a "threat" to the Mueller investigation "and to our democracy".

"I don't know Mr. Libby", Trump is quoted as saying, "but for many years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly".

Cohen and Manafort are among those swept up in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into the Trump campaign and alleged Russian election interference. That investigation has shifted focus toward Trump, his campaign in 2016, and current administration officials. But when they concluded that the jury had substantial reason to convict, Bush told his vice president that he would not pardon Libby, prompting an angry Cheney to reply, "You are leaving a good man wounded upon the field of battle". Bush later commuted Libby's sentence.

US President Donald Trump issued a full pardon Friday to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former top aide to George W. Bush's vice-president, Dick Cheney, who was convicted of obstruction of justice in 2007.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says in a statement Friday that Trump has issued the pardon. Comey was responsible for appointing the special counsel who pursued the Libby case.

In 2007, a judge threw out former Central Intelligence Agency analyst Valerie Plame's lawsuit she filed against Cheney and other Bush administration officials after her identity was disclosed to the public. No one was ever charged for the leak in Plame's case.

On the subject of Libby, however, I'll offer up this hot take: he was basically just a spear carrier for his boss, Vice President Dick Cheney.

Wilson was a key figure in questioning whether the Bush administration manipulated intelligence to invade Iraq.

However, the bigger picture, according to observers, may be the message Trump is sending to those who have, or might be tempted, to obstruct justice on his benefit. But then Trump -who falsely claims to have opposed the Iraq war - scarcely needed any such persuasion to issue the pardon, which plainly has little to do with this "liar and leaker" or his supposed virtues.

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