Trump pardons Cheney aide 'treated unfairly' by special counsel

16 April, 2018, 02:11 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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"But it's been a tough issue for a lot of people in the White House and it's run its course and now we're going to move on", Bush said in 2007.

US President Donald Trump on Friday pardoned former George W. Bush administration official Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who years ago was convicted of lying in an investigation of the unmasking of a Central Intelligence Agency agent.

Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff, was convicted in 2007 of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak of the covert identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame, though no one was ever charged for the leak. That's fine, because Trump will pardon you if it suits his venal political interest. Late Thursday, the Associated Press had published a primer that revealed just how caustic the book's criticism of the president would be, relaying Comey's assessment that Trump was unethical and "untethered to truth". No one was ever charged for the leak.

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He said that he and his family are grateful and that they have "suffered under the weight of a bad injustice". Trump has repeatedly called Mueller's probe a "witch hunt" and he and Russian Federation have both denied any wrongdoing.

Trump said in a statement that he didn't know Libby, "but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly".

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.

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President Donald Trump issued out a pardon for former George W. Bush administration official Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Wilson said the presidential pardon signals that "you can get away with anything".

"One thing has nothing to do with the other", she told reporters. As Arthur Herman wrote in Commentary, an overzealous special prosecutor framed Libby, a dedicated public servant (and a friend of this writer). "Scooter" Lewis Libby is likely to reverberate through Washington, coming as Mr. Trump complains about an overzealous investigation against him. She said the president called her midday Friday to deliver the news. He said Trump "recognized this wrong and would not let it persist". Paul Krugman denounced his "deadly narcissism" in the New York Times, by which he means that Trump values his own opinion more than that of Krugman. War critics were outraged and demanded that a special prosecutor investigate the leak.

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Trump, who often rails against disclosures to the news media but was a longtime anonymous source himself, appears to have chosen to forgive Libby for his role in the disclosure of CIA Agent Valerie Plame's idenitfication. Manafort has since been charged with more than a dozen offenses, while Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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