Who Is Scooter Libby, and Why Did Trump Pardon Him?


Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) said Sunday that President Donald Trump's pardon of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, was meant to send a message about the Russian Federation investigation.

"In light of these facts, the President believes Mr. Libby is fully worthy of this pardon", said Sanders.

Yet on Friday April 13, President Trump pardoned one of the most notorious leakers in recent political history: I. Lewis [Scooter] Libby, Jr.

Trump has granted two other pardons since taking over the White House, a move usually reserved for a president's final year in office. "But for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly. Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life".

President Trump has signed off on a pardon for Scooter Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff who was convicted in 2007 of obstruction of justice and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to media reports. Russert and Libby never discussed Plame's agency status prior to Novak's disclosure, the NBC anchor testified as best he could recall. No one, however, was charged for the leak.

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James Comey, the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director, had appointed the special counsel who investigated the leak, the Washington Post reports here.

Cheney had suspected that Comey's appointment of the special counsel was revenge for a dispute regarding the legality of a surveillance program, according to the New York Times, which had an advance report on the expected announcement. "President Trump's pardon is not based on the truth".

He was originally sentenced to 30 months in prison and was fined $250,000, but was ultimately spared jail time when then-President George W. Bush commuted his sentence. "It's about Donald Trump and his future", Plame said on MSNBC.

With Miller's testimony recanted, Libby has been reinstated to the bar in Washington, D.C. that Libby had "credible evidence" he was innocent, the D.C. court of appeals ruled.

According to the New York Times, Libby's case "has always been a cause for conservatives who maintained that he was a victim of a special prosecutor run amok, an argument that may have resonated with the president".