Trump pardons ex-Cheney aide over Central Intelligence Agency name leak

Trump pardons ex-Cheney aide over Central Intelligence Agency name leak

Trump pardons ex-Cheney aide over Central Intelligence Agency name leak

In a statement, Plame said the argument that Libby had been treated unfairly was "simply false". "Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad potion of his life".

Appearing on a Wolf panel moments after President Donald Trump's pardon of Scooter Libby was announced, Gregory - the former Meet The Press moderator - offered a stunning view of the pardon's larger implications.

"For over a dozen years we have suffered under the weight of a awful injustice", he wrote.

Mr Mueller is the special counsel leading an investigation into Russian election interference, possible coordination with Trump associates and potential obstruction of justice by the president.

Bush was cautious about pardons, an administration official told Time, and Libby failed to meet the president's own criteria. As such, journalist Matthew Cooper argued on Twitter, a pardon for Libby "is a slap at Comey". He then emailed Libby, whose reaction was not to celebrate to soon, Jeffress said.

Trump says in the statement that he does not know Libby, but "for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly". "I had my hopes up for quite awhile". Cheney was furious when Wilson published an op-ed debunking the Bush administration's claims that Iraq was importing uranium from Niger.

Libby, who served as Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, was charged and found guilty of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and obstructing justice more than a decade ago. No one has ever been charged for the leak.

The pardon Friday is unusual: President George W. Bush had commuted Libby's 30-month sentence, and Libby, who is Jewish and whose plight drew statements of support from prominent Jewish figures, has since had ancillary punishments removed.

"For over a dozen years we have suffered under the weight of a bad injustice", Libby said. "The pardon of Libby also sends a message about the current special counsel investigation". Asked if a pardon would be about Mr Comey, Ms Conway said no.

The chief federal prosecutor in Libby's case was Patrick Fitzgerald, then the USA attorney from the Northern District of IL. "This is about Donald Trump and his future", Plame said before the formal announcement hit.

Roberts, the conservative network's White House correspondent, made Trump's intention even more explicit. It remains true today. This commutation fell short of Dick Cheney's recommendation to grant a full pardon and exonerate his chief of staff of any wrong-doing. "But the facts have not changed". Cheney was angered by Bush's decision, telling the president that he had left a soldier on the battlefield in the wake of the partisan investigation of the leak of Central Intelligence Agency operative Valarie Plame's name publicly to the media. That's fine, because Trump will pardon you if it suits his venal political interest.

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

However, President Bush did not pardon him, thereby leaving the convictions on his record. "Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the awful job he did-until he was, in fact, fired", Trump wrote. His anger was reinforced by excerpts from Comey's book, which paint the President as unethical.

Alan Dershowitz, a vocal Trump defender on cable television, also pushed Libby's appellate cause, calling his appeals "serious and substantial" and filing a brief in 2007 asking for Libby to be granted bail pending his appeal. "I think he probably will, because otherwise he's going to see some awful books written by Scooter Libby".

Trump has rarely used his presidential power to pardon, but last August granted clemency to Joe Arpaio, a controversial Arizona sheriff who had been a longtime Trump ally and campaign-trail companion.

But if Trump is suggesting pardons are in the wings, that could prove costly.

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