Trump pardons ex-Cheney aide Lewis 'Scooter' Libby
Trump pardons ex-Cheney aide Lewis 'Scooter' Libby
Trump Just Pardoned Scooter Libby For Lying And Leaking Information
16 April, 2018, 12:05
In a statement, the president said he doesn't know Scooter Libby, but heard for years that he had been mistreated.
President Donald Trump has issued a full pardon to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney.
"A pardon of Mr. Libby would paradoxically put Mr. Trump in the position of absolving one of the chief architects of the Iraq war, which Mr. Trump has denounced as a catastrophic miscalculation". In an op-ed nearby, David Rivkin and Lee Casey recount the story of Mr. Libby's unjust prosecution amid the political uproar over the leak of.
Trump released a statement through the White House that he did not personally know Libby but that the man had been treated unfairly.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted the pardon was not meant to send a message to the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, saying, "One thing has nothing to do with the other".
"For over a dozen years we have suffered under the weight of a bad injustice", Libby said.
After all, if he will pardon someone he has no connection to, like Libby, who 15 years ago committed a serious crime against our country by revealing the identity of an undercover Central Intelligence Agency officer, then he will certainly pardon people with whom he is closely aligned, even if it turns out that they committed serious crimes against the United States of America. He said Trump "recognized this wrong and would not let it persist". Mr Trump has called that probe a "witch hunt". He is innocent, and he and his family have suffered for years because of his wrongful conviction. In a twist, the special counsel in Libby's case, Patrick Fitzgerald, was appointed by James Comey, deputy attorney general at the time. "I am grateful today that President Trump righted this wrong by issuing a full pardon to Scooter, and I am thrilled for Scooter and his family".
Ms Plame said a pardon would send a message "that you can commit crimes against national security and you will be pardoned". He granted one past year for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was awaiting sentencing for contempt of court. Trump also has pardoned a US Navy sailor who was convicted after taking photos of classified portions of a submarine.
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