Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

US president pardons 'Scooter' Libby

Trump is suddenly very concerned about Scooter Libby. Here's why. Trump pardons “Scooter” Libby, former Dick Cheney adviser
Andrew Cummings | 14 April, 2018, 14:43

But if Trump is suggesting pardons are in the wings, that could prove costly. “This is the Presidents way of sending a message to those implicated in the Russian Federation investigation: You have my back and I‘ll have yours, ” the Washington Post quoted Congressman Adam Schiff tweeting.

W. washed his hands and turned his back on Libby because he feared that a pardon might make him look complicit in some way.

Since the conviction, Libby has since had his law license restored and former Virginia Gov.

In a statement, Plame said the argument that Libby had been treated unfairly was "simply false". "I anxious that the friendship we had built was about to be severely tested". The relationship between Bush and Cheney - two allies who had piloted the country through the rubble of the 9/11 attacks, and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq - reportedly never recovered.

Libby was pardoned by President Donald Trump in April 2018, completely absolving him of his prior convictions.

If anything, the pardon reminds us just how powerful these prosecutors can be, if left unchecked.

Libby was prosecuted by Patrick Fitzgerald, a longtime career prosecutor, appointed to investigate the leak of the Central Intelligence Agency officer's identity by then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey.

Six months later, the New York Times published an opinion piece by former ambassador Joseph Wilson.

To undercut Wilson's claim, administration officials told reporters that he had been sent on the fact-finding mission at the behest of his wife, Valerie Plame, who worked at the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Three years later, Ms. Miller writes, she was reading Ms. Plame's book, "Fair Game", and was astonished to learn that while on overseas assignment for the CIA Ms. Plame "had worked at the State Department as cover". That was taken as proof that Libby must of have raised Plame's work at the Central Intelligence Agency. But Armitage readily admitted his involvement to prosecutors and a grand jury.

Libby was found guilty of four of the five charges he faced in 2007. In fact, Trump should issue even more of them.

"For over a dozen years we have suffered under the weight of a bad injustice", Libby said.

Trump also pardoned a US Navy sailor, who was convicted after taking photos of classified portions of a submarine. "To his great credit, President Trump recognized this wrong and would not let it persist".

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

President Trump pardoned Lewis "Scooter" Libby who in 20017 was convicted of perjury, obstructing justice and making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation when he lied about leaking Plame's identity.

Flynn, Manafort, Kushner and others now know that they don't have to worry about not answering truthfully special counsel Robert Mueller's questions because a Trump pardon will prevent them from spending any time in jail. "Libby's problem was with the Justice Department". His record since his conviction is similarly unblemished, and he continues to be held in high regard by his colleagues and peers.

President Trump announced on Friday afternoon an unexpected full pardon for Scooter Libby - handing a big favor to one of his most vocal defenders.

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