Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Trump pardons 'Scooter' Libby; Comey had appointed the special counsel

Trump pardons 'Scooter' Libby; Comey had appointed the special counsel

Libby served as chief of staff to Republican Vice President Dick Cheney, the second-in-command under President George W. Bush.

The press secretary further pointed to Libby's decade of "honorable service to the Nation" in the State Department, Defense Department, and White House before his conviction and similar performance since his conviction.

"It's not about me, it's absolutely not about "Scooter" Libby, it's about Donald Trump and his future", she said. Libby, who served as Cheney's chief of staff, was convicted in 2007 of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to FBI investigators.

He was set to serve 30 months in jail, but Bush commuted his sentence.

Bharara said that there a lot of other people who might have deserved a presidential pardon. "Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life". But some suggest that new changes in Trump's inner circle could account for the pardon. "But for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly". The one he has received politicizes national security.

James Comey, the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director, had appointed the special counsel who investigated the leak, the Washington Post reports here.

SANTA FE -Santa Fe's Valerie Plame blasted President Trump last week for pardoning I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who in 2007 was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with a national security leak that led to Plame being exposed as a Central Intelligence Agency officer. Comey said in an interview with ABC News that Trump was "morally unfit to be president".

[Trump adviser Kelly Anne] Conway was pressed by reporters at the White House on whether it's the president's intention to send a message "that it's okay to lie under oath and to obstruct justice", and insisted that is not the case.

Many conservatives had championed a pardon for Libby, arguing he was convicted by an out-of-control special prosecutor.

Trump's characterization of Comey, whom he fired a year ago, is the result of Comey's newly published and monumentally unflattering book about the president and his administration. "You know, many people think that Scooter Libby was the victim of a special counsel gone amok", Conway said.

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