Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Liz Cheney praises Trump pardon of Libby

Liz Cheney praises Trump pardon of Libby

This comes 11 years after Libby was found guilty of obstructing justice and lying to the FBI during an investigation into who revealed the identity of a former Central Intelligence Agency agent. Bush had commuted Libby's sentence but did not issue a full pardon.

Lewis (Scooter) Libby speaks during a discussion at the Hudson Institute in Washington on March 29, 2011.

"Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life", Trump said in a statement.

After the pardon, Libby expressed his gratitude to Trump, according to CNN. However, President Bush did not pardon him, thereby leaving the convictions on his record.

This was the next pardon of rsquo & Trump;s tenure.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) tweeted out his concerns on social media. Asked if a pardon would be about Mr Comey, Ms Conway said no. The plans were first reported by ABC News.

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

Since the conviction, Libby has since had his law license restored and former Virginia Gov.

Here are five things you probably don't know about the former top aide in Washington.

Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff, was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak of Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame. His voting rights were restored in 2013 by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

If anything, the pardon reminds us just how powerful these prosecutors can be, if left unchecked.

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". Comey was sacked as Federal Bureau of Investigation director by Trump a year ago.

Wilson's claim, undercutting the justification for waging war against Iraq, was based on material he gathered in Niger for the Central Intelligence Agency. That was taken as proof that Libby must of have raised Plame's work at the Central Intelligence Agency.

The grand jury investigated the leaks.

In March 2007, Libby was found guilty on four felony counts, becoming the highest-ranking White House official convicted since the Iran-contra scandal in the 1980s. In fact, Trump should issue even more of them. "Pardons tend to be for the repentant. not for those who think the system was politicized or they were unfairly targeted".

As Trump & rsquo; s new national security advisor the Libby pardon collaborated with the birth at the White House of John Bolton. The CIA requested a Department of Justice investigation into the naming of Plame as an agent - a breach of classified information.

The person said the pardon has been under consideration at the White House for months. He granted one past year for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was awaiting sentencing for contempt of court.

And while his motivation is unknown - and one should not put it past Trump to abuse the pardon process in the interest of self-preservation - the president was right to pardon Libby. But Bush thought Libby didn't deserve a pardon, and Cheney never forgave him. Trump has given him a long-overdue pardon-something that President George W. Bush refused to do, despite Cheney's heartfelt pleas. The new sentence still required Libby to complete a two-year probation, pay $250,000 fine, and perform 400 hours of community service. He had been disbarred but was reinstated by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in 2016.

"I don't understand Mr. Libby", Trump stated in a White House announcement, "yet years I have learned he was dealt with unfairly".

NPR political reporter Jessica Taylor contributed.

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