Trump pardons former Cheney aide Scooter Libby

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"I am grateful to day that President Trump righted that incorrect by issuing Scooter, & rdquo with the pardon".

Libby was former Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff.

The timing of the Trump's sudden concern about Libby - who was Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, and who was convicted in 2007 of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and obstruction of justice as part of the Bush administration's effort to discredit Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame - is notable, given that Mueller is now investigating Trump and his campaign for obstruction of justice.

"In 2015, one of the key witnesses against Mr. Libby recanted her testimony, stating publicly that she believes the prosecutor withheld relevant information from her during interviews that would have altered significantly what she said". Mr. Libby's conviction was a travesty. "But, just, again, his contempt for this investigation is evident, I think, by reaching back to somebody who he doesn't know, but he heard was mistreated, so, therefore, as president, he should just pardon him". He served as FBI Director from 2013-2017 when he was sacked by Trump.

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.

Pressed repeatedly by Cheney at the time of Libby's conviction, Bush asked a team of White House lawyers to examine the case. US President Donald J. Trump: "James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR". She said that Libby had a fair trial and that "President's Trump's pardon is not based on the truth".

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.

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

In a statement, Dick Cheney called Libby "one of the most capable, principled, and honorable men I have ever known".

There is another parallel with this whole political maneuver, although it was denied on Friday by White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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.

Although never having met Libby, Trump knows his story and apparently feels for the guy.

Speaking of sticking it in peoples' eyes, the Libby pardon also functions as a middle finger to the Bush clan.

This was the next pardon of rsquo & Trump;s tenure.

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