The Scooter Libby Pardon

14 April, 2018, 22:13 | Author: Elena Meyer
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White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, at a briefing with reporters, said the pardon had absolutely nothing to do with with rsquo & Trump;s views about Mueller's evaluation.

The pardon of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a Bush administration aide who obstructed justice, may be a message from Trump to others regarding the Mueller probe. Whatever Trump does or doesn't know about Libby, however, someone must have told him why the Bush administration's former vice presidential chief of staff ended his career with multiple felony convictions and narrowly escaped prison.

Libby was found responsible in 2007 of lying and obstructing an investigation into who blew the cover of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame. In a twist, the special counsel in Libby's case, Patrick Fitzgerald, was appointed by James Comey, deputy attorney general at the time.

Comey went on to become Federal Bureau of Investigation director and was sacked by Trump, a move that led to the appointment of Robert Mueller, another former Federal Bureau of Investigation director whom Trump nearly daily accuses of conducting a "witch hunt".

The pardon came one day after excerpts were released of ex-FBI director James Comey's new book, A Higher Loyalty, which is highly critical of Trump.

In announcing his decision, President Trump said that he did not know Libby, but that "for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly". Hopefully, this full pardon may definitely help a part of his entire life.

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The statement said President George Bush commuted Libby's prison sentence, but Libby still paid a 250,000 dollars fine, did 400 hours of community service, and served two years of probation.

A spokesman for Bush said the former president was "very pleased" for Libby and his family. Three years later, he was cleared to practice law again after the District of Columbia Court of Appeals reinstated him to the D.C. Bar. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and California Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House intelligence committee, linked the pardoning to the Russian Federation investigation. Even loathed warmonger John Bolton was rescued from post-Bush-era oblivion and hired as Trump's third national security adviser after months of sycophantic ranting on FOX News.

White House aides mentioned which Trump fumed more than Federal Bureau of Investigation raids related to the evaluation on Monday of this office at dwelling Michael Cohen, of the personal lawyer. Asked by host Katy Tur if Trump was sending a message that you could get away with anything if it was politically beneficial to the president, Wilson said that was certainly the case.

"Suffice to say, he's thrilled", she said of Libby, who she said had just gotten out of an MRI.

At trial, Libby claimed to have simply forgotten he actually learned about the identity from Cheney a month before he said he had.

The president has regularly blasted the whole Russian Federation investigation as invasive and "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

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