The Libby Pardon Shows Once Again that Trump Is a Stand-Up Guy

Howard TerryApr 16, 2018

Mr Cheney's former chief of staff was convicted in 2007 of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak of the covert identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame. President George W. Bush commuted Mr. Libby's sentence shortly after his conviction. The plans were first reported by ABC News.

Libby was chief of staff for then-Vice President Dick Cheney, who wanted President Bush to pardon Libby. Late Thursday, the Associated Press had published a primer that revealed just how caustic the book's criticism of the president would be, relaying Comey's assessment that Trump was unethical and "untethered to truth".

The president signed off on clemency for Scooter Libby on Friday, following months of consideration.

I've never discussed a Libby pardon with any White House official, so I don't know what might what motivated Trump's decision.

"The Scooter Libby pardon seems to have two audiences", Griffin said.

"I chose to go back and correct the record in my own book, which I did, and when Scooter Libby was given his law license back a year and a half ago, the judge specifically cited my testimony, the recantation of my testimony, as one of the factors in his decision".

To be sure, today's media see all sorts of ulterior motives in Mr. Trump's action, calling it a shot across the bow and a warning to the special counsel, Robert Mueller, pursuing him.

Wilson also said he finds Trump to be a "vile and despicable individual" who is "utterly unacceptable as president".

"On the day the President wrongly attacks Comey for being a "leaker and liar" he considers pardoning a convicted leaker and liar, Scooter Libby", Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., wrote on Twitter. "Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life", according to a statement issued by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders announcing the pardon. What's more, it reminds us as well how the slightest miscue in testimony - i.e., "lying to the FBI" - can put even the most honorable men behind bars. "Comey appointed the special counsel, Patrick Fitzgerald, in the Scooter Libby case".

Apart from all that, an added sweetness attaches to the Libby pardon.

After his conviction and prior to his sentencing, Libby had garnered an array of letters to the judge supporting a light sentence notable for the prevalence of leading Jewish figures. "I don't know Mr. Libby", said President Trump, "but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly".

An FBI investigation started into whether Plame's identity was leaked to reporters as political payback for her husband's public challenge to the administration. The future Federal Bureau of Investigation director appointed Fitzgerald as special counsel.

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