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Trump pardons Scooter Libby in Valerie Plame leak

Trump pardons Scooter Libby in Valerie Plame leak

Libby's convictions came during a special counsel investigation during the Bush administration over former Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame's identity being leaked to the press. "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.

The Libby pardon is only the latest twist in a story of spies, leaks, accusations of hidden motives and abuse of power.

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

But if Trump is suggesting pardons are in the wings, that could prove costly.

Trump's pardon has been under consideration for several months, two people familiar with the president's thinking said. Bush commuted Libby's sentence in 2008, and Libby was spared jail time.

The chief federal prosecutor in Libby's case was Patrick Fitzgerald, then the USA attorney from the Northern District of IL.

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People loyal to Libby have recently come into Trump's inner circle, including former Bush administration official John Bolton, who now serves as Trump's national security adviser.

In his own book, Bush said he was taken aback by the harshness of the remark.

Trump, of course, also believes he's being treated unfairly by law enforcement. "I anxious that the friendship we had built was about to be severely tested".

Hmmm. A special prosecutor run amok.

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

"He has basically given his seal of approval on things he claims to have been against, i.e. the war on Iraq", Wilson told Tur.

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Plame was exposed as a Central Intelligence Agency operative during the George W. Bush administration.

Publication of that leak blew her cover, a potential federal crime.

Fair Game is a 2010 biographical political film about the Plame affair, a Central Intelligence Agency leak scandal that involved the blown cover of Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame.

"Perjury before a grand jury is a pardonable offense". He maintained that the differences between his testimony and others was just a matter of a different recollection of events. "We've been trying since the end of the Bush administration to get this done". And the judge in sentencing him called the evidence "overwhelming". "That is simply false", Plame said in a statement. "And THEY DON'T KNOW the full scope of who Trump would have to pardon here". He pardoned Joe Arpaio a month later which he was convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving racial profiling.

That was a charge supported by the Trump Justice Department - until the president pardoned him.

It would mark another controversial pardon by the president, who has previously reportedly contemplated pardons for former aides now cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and allegations of collusion with the Trump campaign. "And there's no particular reason to pardon Scooter Libby", Nadler said.

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In a tweet, Cheney's daughter, Liz, now serving as a U.S. representative from Wyoming, said Libby is "a good, honorable and innocent man who was the victim of prosecutorial misconduct and a miscarriage of justice". "Libby's problem was with the Justice Department". "He continues to be held in high regard by his colleagues and peers", she wrote.