Scooter Libby's Pardon: In This White House, Loyalty Trumps The Law
Scooter Libby's Pardon: In This White House, Loyalty Trumps The Law
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14 April, 2018, 22:17
And there are many more people who can incriminate the president, whereas in the investigation into Ms. Wilson's exposure, Mr. Libby was one of the only people who could say whether the president had authorized the leak of a C.I.A. officer's identity.
No one was charged with the leak.
It turns out, moreover, that Mr. Cheney was wrongly convicted.
President Donald Trump is poised to pardon Scooter J. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, according to sources familiar with the president's thinking.
Scooter Libby, VP Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, was thrown to the jaws of the Washington Swamp by the George W. Bush administration for allegedly lying to federal investigators about the unmasking of Valerie Plame.
Mr. Libby, who resigned from his position after pleading not guilty, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000.
A spokesman for Bush said the former president was "very pleased" for Libby and his family.
"I don't know Mr. Libby, but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly", said Trump in a statement. (Full statement below.) "Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life'".
She called it the "right thing to do" and wouldn't comment further on why he did it because Trump doesn't know Libby.
Prior to his conviction, Libby served for more than a decade at the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and the White House. It turns out that the justice department official who appointed the special prosecutor who went after Scooter Libby was none other than President Trumps current nattering nemesis of negativism, James Comey.
The pardon of Arpaio, a prominent Trump supporter, was meant to send a signal: no crime is too ghastly to forgive under Trump's law, so long as the criminal remains Trump's lackey. Fitzgerald is a longtime friend and colleague of James Comey, the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director whose new memoir paints a scathing portrait of Trump's character and conduct in office.
The pardon was the third for Trump. President's Trump's pardon is not based on the truth.
The Libby pardon came just hours after Trump's morning Twitter attack against Comey.
Given Trump's disinterest in the minutiae of politics that do not directly concern him, which Libby's case did not, it seems improbable that these symbolic connections occurred to him on his own-but I believe he understood the dual message of vengeance and impunity that a pardon would convey.
Bush, whom Trump often derides in caustic terms, could not be convinced to pardon Libby.
In summation to the jury, notes the Journal, Mr. Fitzgerald had called Ms. Millers testimony critical. Ms. Miller, the Journal adds, says that the prosecutor twice told her lawyer that he would drop all charges against Mr. Libby if he offered evidence against Mr. Cheney.
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.
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