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Trump pardons 'Scooter' Libby; Comey had appointed the special counsel

Trump pardons 'Scooter' Libby; Comey had appointed the special counsel

"It's not about me, it's absolutely not about "Scooter" Libby, it's about Donald Trump and his future", she said.

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

Libby, who was chief of staff to then-Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted of perjury in 2007 in the investigation into the leaked identity of former Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame.

Schiff said Trump utilized the pardon to tell people he is willing to pardon them if they obstruct justice to shield the president in the investigation into Russian election interference. "But for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly".

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.

"Given how many thousands of people are out there - and my office used to process these requests on a regular basis - how many thousands of people are out there who may have been prosecuted in a way that was over aggressive, where charges were piled on, who want to get on with their lives in a way that maybe the President can help by issuing a pardon - none of those people have gotten a pardon", he said.

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Plame and Wilson sued Libby, Cheney and others in 2006 for infringing on Plame's Constitutional rights and conspiring to reveal her identity, but a U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C., dismissed the suit. Libby maintained he had merely forgotten that he learned about Plame from Cheney. Comey was the deputy attorney general, and he made the decision to appoint a special counsel after Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself from the case.

ABC News, quoting unidentified sources familiar with the president's thinking, reported Trump had been mulling the move for several months.

Lewis "Scooter" Libby served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney under the G.W. Bush administration.

Since the conviction, Libby's law license has been restored and then-Virginia Gov. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders noted in a statement on the pardon that Libby still paid a $250,000 fine and performed 400 hours of community service.

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".


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