WH on Scooter Libby Pardon: 'The Right Thing to Do'
WH on Scooter Libby Pardon: 'The Right Thing to Do'
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16 April, 2018, 02:06
On April 7, 2015, these columns said the next Republican President should pardon I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby "in his first week in office".
As Trump & rsquo; s new national security advisor the Libby pardon collaborated with the birth at the White House of John Bolton. Libby was prosecuted for lying to the FBI and for obstruction of justice in an investigation into who leaked the identity of covert Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame.
The statement said President George Bush commuted Libby's prison sentence, but Libby still paid a 250,000 dollars fine, did 400 hours of community service, and served two years of probation. The pardon has been under consideration for several months, people familiar with the president's thinking have said. Mr. Libby had no evidence to trade, and Mr. Fitzgerald then set out to ruin Mr. Libby for supposedly lying about a non-crime. So, good for Mr. Trump.
Libby's conviction came after a four-year investigation by a special prosecutor into how the name of Central Intelligence Agency official Valerie Plame was leaked to reporters in 2003.
After the pardon, Libby expressed his gratitude to Trump, according to CNN. So far, Mueller hasn't charged anyone with colluding with Russian Federation.
She said the "message" being sent is "you can commit perjury and I will pardon you if it protects me and I deem that you are loyal to me". Rather, it's been mostly about alleged false statements, just as it was with Libby. "President Trump recognized this wrong and wold not let it persist".
Libby's trouble began with the drumbeat leading up to the invasion of Iraq.
So when the ambassador, Joe Wilson, started to hear that erroneous claim being used to justify going to war with Saddam, he made a decision to speak out in an op-ed in the New York Times. War critics were outraged and demanded that a special prosecutor investigate the leak.
Libby was not accused of leaking the Central Intelligence Agency operative's identity, but he was convicted of lying to the grand jury, a move that some say he did to protect Cheney.
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 March 2007, Libby was found guilty on the four felony counts, becoming the highest-ranking White House official convicted since the Iran-Contra scandal in the 1980s.
Plame's identity, it turned out, was leaked to journalist Robert Novak not by the White House, but by Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
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