President Trump has officially pardoned in full I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney who was convicted in 2007 of perjury and obstruction of justice in a Central Intelligence Agency leak case.
Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff, was convicted in 2007 of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak of the covert identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame.
"This is about Donald Trump and his future", she said Friday appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe". "Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life". No one was ever charged with the leak.
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 had already been reinstated to the bar by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Conservative criticism of the special counsel in the Central Intelligence Agency leak case echoes critiques of Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe. Libby was convicted at a good trial, & rdquo of obstruction of justice and perjury; Plame claimed in an declaration.
Libby says in a statement Friday that he and his family are grateful and that they have "suffered under the weight of a awful injustice".
Bush spokesman Freddy Ford stated, " evenPresident Bush is very happy for Scooter and also his family members.
Critics questioned the timing of the pardon. Those TV talking heads noted the White House announcement comes same day ABC News unveiled the first titillating bits of George Stephanopoulos's interview with Comey, including details of Trump's reax when informed of the infamous alleged Pee Tape. He hasn't gone through the pardon office. "I'm sure Libby's happy to have it, but the audience here is [former Trump campaign chairman] Paul Manafort, [Trump's personal lawyer] Michael Cohen, and a slew of other people who can incriminate Trump". "So one certainly suspects there's a message".
Trump said he pardoned Libby, whom he doesn't know, because "he has been treated unfairly"-a claim Plame shredded as completely false".
Asked whether a pardon would effectively be sending a message to Comey, Conway said no.
In a statement later, Plame said Trump's comments were not based on the truth, noting that a jury heard the evidence and convicted him, and even Bush refused to pardon him.
Now he's being pardoned for it, which suggests of course that Mr. Trump is willing to allow people to violate the essence of our defense structure, our national security, our intelligence apparatus and essentially get away with it.
Trump used his pardon authority past year when he pardoned Joe Arpaio, a controversial sheriff in Arizona who had been convicted of criminal contempt related to his hard-line tactics going after undocumented immigrants.