Friday, 20 April, 2018

WH on Scooter Libby Pardon: 'The Right Thing to Do'

Saul Loeb  AFP via Getty Images Saul Loeb AFP via Getty Images
Lillian Steele | 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.

Recommended

  • Another winter storm set to slam this area

    Another winter storm set to slam this area

    Gusty northerly winds are expected through the day as well, which may create areas of blowing and drifting snow. Eventually it will turn cold enough late Sunday for rain showers to change to snow showers in southern MI .
    Milos Forman, 'Amadeus' and 'Cuckoo's Nest' Director, Dies at 86

    Milos Forman, 'Amadeus' and 'Cuckoo's Nest' Director, Dies at 86

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975 ), adapted from Ken Kesey's 1962 novel, dealt with life inside an OR mental institution. At the time, Forman was in Paris, in negotiations for Taking Off , a US production about the youth protest movement.

    Assad says strikes make Syria even more determined to 'fight terrorism'

    Syrian news outlet Al-Masdar News reported cruise missiles struck rural Damascus and caused explosions at Dumayr Airbase. Mattis said the joint strikes against Syria were a "one-time shot" unless Assad continues to use chemical weapons.
  • Manchester City crowned Premier League champions after shock United defeat

    Manchester City crowned Premier League champions after shock United defeat

    They have won the title with five games to spare after West Brom's remarkable victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford . And though Foster won't be at the World Cup in June, he could yet be in the Premier League with a new club next season.

    Conte Hails Chelsea "Spirit", "Passion" Vs Southampton; Praises Giroud

    Chelsea found themselves trailing 2-0 to struggling Saints in the 60th minute, as Dusan Tadic and debutant Jan Bednarek got the goals for the home side.
    40000 bid Winnie Mandela final goodbye

    40000 bid Winnie Mandela final goodbye

    Condolences have poured in from around the world in remembrance of one of the 20th century's most prominent political activists. In his fiery attack on those Malema said betrayed Madikizela-Mandela, EWN has put together five key points from his speech.
  • Blizzard warning area expands to take in Sioux City

    Blizzard warning area expands to take in Sioux City

    Denver will sit on the western edge of potential blizzard conditions developing on the adjacent plains by Friday afternoon. Area school, including RE-1 Valley and Merino, called off school for today yesterday based on anticipated conditions.
    Why is Winnie's role against apartheid remembered only in her death?

    Why is Winnie's role against apartheid remembered only in her death?

    According to Malema, in the 1980s the UDF called a press conference to distance itself from Madikizela-Mandela. In 1977, she was banished to a remote town to separate her from the heart of the movement she led in Soweto.
    SUV that fell into river belonged to missing family, officials determine

    SUV that fell into river belonged to missing family, officials determine

    The driver was pulling into a pullout during heavy rains when the SUV went over the edge, according to Sheriff's officials. Toxicology results on a third child whose body was recovered from the crash area are still pending.
  • Weathercast: Severe storms on Wilson's radar for Sunday

    Weathercast: Severe storms on Wilson's radar for Sunday

    The Storm Prediction Center has parts of SWGA under a slight risk for severe weather (2 out of 5). For that region around Winner, Mission, and Murdo, highs will only get into the low to mid 30s.
    SBA's Bumbry named coach of the year

    SBA's Bumbry named coach of the year

    He likes how this team looks. "This league, there's always good competition, no matter what division you play in", she said. If you look around at the landscape of wrestling , it's very hard to win a state title if you're not a 3A school.
    Environment Canada:

    Environment Canada: "Potentially historic" ice storm to hit region

    The companies say that their first priorities are to respond to known incidents of downed power lines to make the situations safe. A slow-moving storm system, now in southeastern Nebraska, is expected to bring a variety of wintry weather to MI through Monday.

Ricciardo Wins Chinese F1 Race Ricciardo Wins Chinese F1 Race Sometimes I question why I chose this sport. "But that when you get a day like this, it's worth 50 of those bad ones". Ricciardo, who had to have his blown engine rebuilt on Saturday ahead of qualifying, started from the third row.

Beyoncé to reunite with Destiny's Child at Coachella Beyoncé to reunite with Destiny's Child at Coachella After a long year of patiently waiting, it happened: The Beyhive was finally able to see their queen perform at Coachella.

Rockers Bon Jovi to head 2018 Rock Hall class Rockers Bon Jovi to head 2018 Rock Hall class Band members thanked fans as they accepted their award after a speech from Ann Wilson , who praised their "natural intelligence". The ceremony will air as an edited special on HBO May 5, but you can also see their backstage press room chat below.

USA at UN Makes Case for Military Action Against Syria USA  at UN Makes Case for Military Action Against Syria President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was holding meetings on Syria and expected to make decisions "fairly soon". The Downing Street statement did not mention parliament, and a spokeswoman did not comment on those reports.

Niko Kovac named Bayern coach from 2018-19 season Niko Kovac named Bayern coach from 2018-19 season Head coach Niko Kovac of Frankfurt gestures during the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. DW profiles the Berlin-born Croat to see what Bayern can expect from their new coach.

Sunny and warm through Friday, watching weekend storms Sunny and warm through Friday, watching weekend storms The strong winds will also keep temperatures well above average, reaching the upper 70s again on Thursday afternoon. Precipitation will start mainly as rain after midnight in Central Wisconsin, then begin to track north .

Drinking alcohol linked to lower life expectancy (Laura Lean/PA) Drinking alcohol linked to lower life expectancy (Laura Lean/PA) Excess alcohol consumptions can lead to a high risk of a range of life-threatening illnesses, including stroke and heart failure . But perhaps the biggest gut punch is their math on the consequences you can face for drinking more than that.

Trump backs # 039 marijuana &;# 039 & Says Legal Rights; Invoice, senator States Trump backs # 039 marijuana &;# 039 & Says Legal Rights; Invoice, senator States Trump says he will back congressional efforts to protect states' rights to legal marijuana. Replacements of any of those officials would require new nominations.

Black flags protest continues, 'Modi go back' chants echo in Tamil Nadu Black flags protest continues, 'Modi go back' chants echo in Tamil Nadu Amit Shah will observe a hunger strike in Hubli in poll-bound Karnataka, while party MPs will fast in their constituencies. On Tuesday, some of the protestors were arrested after they tried to stop an IPL match held at Chennai's Chepauk Stadium.

Pep Guardiola Blames Two Premier League Clubs For No VAR Next Season Pep Guardiola Blames Two Premier League Clubs For No VAR Next Season Manchester City could still miss out on winning the Premier League title this season, says manager Pep Guardiola . Now we have in front of us the most important title in the season by far. "We have to do it tomorrow".

Two party leaders in J&K rallies were misled: BJP Two party leaders in J&K rallies were misled: BJP He said the Congress Jammu and Kashmir unit was consistently raising its voice against the perpetrators and seeking justice for the victim.

Senator Cory Booker Grilled Mike Pompeo on His Anti-LGBTQ Views Senator Cory Booker Grilled Mike Pompeo on His Anti-LGBTQ Views But he ducked and dodged when asked whether he supports President Donald Trump's pounding criticism of the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Michigan Man Wins Million Mega Jackpot Michigan Man Wins Million Mega Jackpot Wahl and his family opted to take the payment in a lump sum of $324 million, or about $175 million after taxes. The winning ticket was sold at the Lukoil South gas station on Route 23 in Riverdale on March 30.

Backpage CEO pleads guilty to conspiracy, money laundering charges Backpage CEO pleads guilty to conspiracy, money laundering charges In exchange for his cooperation, Ferrer will serve a maximum of five years in each case, to be served concurrently. The Dutch-owned company is incorporated in DE , but its principal place of business is in Dallas.

Kentucky teachers claim victory as budget vetoes rejected Kentucky teachers claim victory as budget vetoes rejected Bevin said, that in some "communities", his fellow Kentuckians knew children would be home alone and "took advantage of it". The bill authorizes the state to spend $4,000 for every public school student, the highest level in state history.