Trump Pardons Ex-Cheney Aide Who Lied To FBI


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. "And there's no particular reason to pardon Scooter Libby", Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler said earlier Friday, amid reports that a pardon was planned.

Excerpts of Comey&rsquo new publication due out Tuesday, "A Loyalty: Management, Lies and Truth", slam Trump, calling him "unethical, and untethered to institutional and truth values". He was the deputy attorney general who named a special prosecutor to find the leaker whod blown the cover of the CIAs Valerie Plame.

As if to drive home his point, Trump made no serious attempt to address Libby's case.

In the case of Mr. Libby, our view is that President Trump did the right thing. "Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life", Trump is quoted as saying in the statement. Libby could not immediately be reached for comment. Bush did commute Libby's 2-1/2-year prison sentence.

Libby was convicted of making false statements, perjury and obstruction of justice in the 2007 investigation of Plame, a former covert Central Intelligence Agency agent and the wife of former ambassador Joseph Wilson IV.

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Libby was the chief of staff to Vice President Richard Cheney and a controversial figure in the Bush administration.

House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in an declaration, "This pardon sends a troubling sign to the president's allies that justice will be rewarded".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Libby's pardon had nothing to do with the Mueller probe. Some argued that, as Hamilton put it, “the supposition of the connivance of the Chief Magistrate ought not to be entirely excluded.” In the end, though, they chose to give, even for treason, the pardon power to the president alone. Mr Comey later became head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation but was sacked by Mr Trump and has since written a book highly critical of the president. "That would be Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn and Jared Kushner".

President Trump waited a little longer, but in pardoning the former chief of staff to Dick Cheney on Friday Mr. Trump rectified a legal injustice and corrected one of George W. Bush's worst decisions. After the pardon, she said in a statement that the argument that Libby had been treated unfairly was "simply false". He writes that Robert Muellers probe has just taken “a Ken Starr turn with its lurch, via the Southern District of NY, into the Stormy Daniels affair.” Its not Mr. Muellers character to which Mr. Lowry objects, as we read him, but the temptations that come with any special prosecutors special power. It was the second high-profile pardon of Trump's tenure.