Dick Cheney Called Donald Trump to Thank Him for Pardoning Scooter Libby

President Donald Trump speaks during an event on tax policy in the Rose Garden of the White House Thursday

President Donald Trump speaks during an event on tax policy in the Rose Garden of the White House Thursday

Libby, 67, who was Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice in 2007 after the leak of the identity of Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame four years earlier.

He said Trump "has given a blanket pardon essentially to this movement and he has invited them back into his administration to lead a charge back into war".

President Trump hadnt even issued his pardon of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby when the Democratic Party foghorns started suggesting he was doing it for reasons they see as nefarious.

Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson condemned Trump for pardoning Lewis "Scooter" Libby Friday. When former federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was appointed to investigate that unlawful disclosure, he compounded his offense by lying to FBI agents working for the special counsel. He served as FBI Director from 2013-2017 when he was sacked by Trump.

"I don't know Mr. Libby, but for years, I have heard that he has been treated unfairly", Trump said in a statement from the White House. Hopefully, this full pardon may definitely help a part of his entire life. Mr. Libby, nevertheless, paid a $250,000 fine, performed 400 hours of community service, and served two years of probation.

I hoped that President Bush might pardon Libby.

Still others view it as an ominous sign as indictments continue to grow in Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

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.

Some question whether Trump really cared about Libby's situation or whether he was trying to send a broader message to those involved in a current investigation regarding Russian Federation meddling in our nation's elections. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement, "This pardon sends a troubling signal to the president's allies that obstructing justice will be rewarded".

Ms. Miller's new memoir recounts that after her conditions had been met and Mr. Fitzgerald asked the court to release her from jail in September 2005, she was summoned to testify before the grand jury.

In all, eight witnesses, many of them high-ranking members of the Bush administration, contradicted Libby's testimony.

Trump has rarely used his presidential power to pardon, but last August granted clemency to Joe Arpaio, a controversial Arizona sheriff who had been a longtime Trump ally and campaign-trail companion.

Libby's attorneys, Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing, issued a statement thanking Mr Trump for "addressing a gross injustice" they said was inflicted by Mr Fitzgerald and Mr Comey.

"In light of these facts, the President believes Mr. Libby is fully worthy of this pardon".

Finally, neither Mr. Trump nor his thoroughly outmatched legal team knows the full exposure he or potential witnesses face.

NPR political reporter Jessica Taylor contributed.

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