Trump Reportedly Gearing Up To Pardon Scooter Libby
14 April, 2018, 14:43 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
Some speculate that this pardon is an attempt by the Trump administration to discredit Comey and his investigational direction. The disgraced staffer still served two years probation and was hit with a $250,000 fine.
In the first pardon, Trump did not follow his predecessors' practice of consulting with lawyers at the Justice Department before announcing his decision. "The president has railed against the investigation for being unfair". Roberts said. "The president has no plans to pardon anybody involved in that investigation, but it does send a pretty strong message".
In a statement, Dick Cheney called Libby "one of the most capable, principled, and honorable men I have ever known". According to The Post, his former political science teacher, the neoconservative Paul Wolfowitz, urged Libby to work in government. "I anxious that the friendship we had built was about to be severely tested".
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If anything, the pardon reminds us just how powerful these prosecutors can be, if left unchecked. "Comey appointed the special counsel, Patrick Fitzgerald, in the Scooter Libby case".
Earlier on Friday, Trump took to Twitter to blast former FBI Director James Comey as a "leaker" and a "liar".
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Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson condemned Trump for pardoning Lewis "Scooter" Libby Friday. That was taken as proof that Libby must of have raised Plame's work at the Central Intelligence Agency. They also knew who actually had exposed Ms. Plame - former deputy secretary of State Richard Armitage, a rather garrulous sort.
A jury found Libby guilty of four out of five counts after a trial in 2007. He is innocent, and he and his family have suffered for years because of his wrongful conviction. "This is about Donald Trump and his future", Plame said before the formal announcement hit.
The president signed off on clemency for Scooter Libby on Friday, following months of consideration. Mr Trump also pardoned a US Navy sailor who was convicted of taking photos of classified portions of a submarine.
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.
Libby was given a 30-month prison sentence but refused a full pardon from President Bush, and the New York Times said that refusal soured their relationship.
A decade after Libby's conviction, a key witness recanted her testimony, explaining that the prosecutor withheld relevant information during interviews which would have changed what she said. Libby was disbarred after his conviction and reinstated in 2016 in a decision by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Since then, the Libby case has been criticized by conservatives, who argue he was the victim of an overly zealous and politically motivated prosecution by a special counsel. "Libby's problem was with the Justice Department".
"I don't understand Mr. Libby", Trump stated in a White House announcement, "yet years I have learned he was dealt with unfairly".
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