Donald Trump issues full pardon to former aide to Dick Cheney

Casey Dawson
April 14, 2018

In a statement, Libby thanked Trump, saying his family has "suffered under the weight of a awful injustice". "To his great credit, President Trump recognized this wrong and would not let it persist". The President has the right to pardon Mr. Libby and Mr. Libby has been pardoned.

In a statement, Dick Cheney called Libby "one of the most capable, principled, and honorable men I have ever known".

A spokesman for George W. Bush said that the former president is "very pleased" for Libby and his family.

The person said the announcement could come as early as Friday.

"Scooter" Lewis Libby, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Richard Cheney, for convictions stemming from a 2007 trial", the statement said.

Libby was a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Libby was found responsible in 2007 of lying and obstructing an investigation into who blew the cover of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame.

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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.

Trump was assaulting the Federal Bureau of Investigation to Russian meddling in the 20-16 election to get connections amid the evaluation of the 20-16 presidential campaign. "I don't know Mr. Libby", Trump said in a statement released by the White House press secretary.

"Somebody's going to have to ask President Bush why he went out of his way to say he respected the jury's verdict", John Bolton, Bush's United Nations ambassador and Trump's new national security adviser, said at the time. He lost his appeal that summer, and a judge sentenced Libby to a 30-month sentence and fined him $250,000.

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

President Trump issued a pardon Friday to former Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide, saying his 2007 conviction for obstructing the probe into the leaking of a Central Intelligence Agency operative's identity, saying the conviction now appears to be tainted.

But Bush was leery of lifting the felony convictions from the former White House official. "I'm sure Libby's happy to have it, but the audience here is [former Trump campaign chairman] Paul Manafort, [Trump's personal lawyer] Michael Cohen, and a slew of other people who can incriminate Trump". (Full statement below.) "Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life'". During the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, Libby served in both the state and defense departments on foreign policy issues.

Libby's attorney, Bill Jeffress, told CNN on Friday afternoon that the former vice president's chief of staff's pardon was "well-deserved and overdue". No one, however, was charged for the leak. The Court agreed with the District of Columbia Disciplinary Counsel, who stated that Mr. Libby had presented "credible evidence" in support of his innocence, including evidence that a key prosecution witness had "changed her recollection of the events in question". "What he's putting out there is the idea that you can pardon people for serious crimes against national security".

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