Trump expected to pardon former Cheney aide Libby

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Mr Mueller is the special counsel leading an investigation into Russian election interference, possible coordination with Trump associates and potential obstruction of justice by the president. Hopefully, this full pardon may definitely help a part of his entire life.

As Trump & rsquo; s new national security advisor the Libby pardon collaborated with the birth at the White House of John Bolton. David Andrews plays Scooter Libby in the film.

Libby's the guy convicted of perjury in 2007 in the investigation into who leaked the identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame.

Bush later commuted Libby's 30-month prison sentence, but didn't issue a pardon despite intense pressure from Cheney. His 2003 New York Times op-ed undermined Bush's claim that Iraq's former President Saddam Hussein had purchased materials needed for a nuclear weapon from Africa.

He said Trump "has given a blanket pardon essentially to this movement and he has invited them back into his administration to lead a charge back into war".

In a tweet, Cheney's daughter, Liz, now serving as a U.S. representative from Wyoming, said Libby is "a good, honorable and innocent man who was the victim of prosecutorial misconduct and a miscarriage of justice".

That's according to a person familiar with the president's decision who said the announcement could come as early as Friday. "He was a good guy who got screwed".

The White House said a witness against Libby later changed her version of events and noted that he had a decade of public service and an "unblemished" record since. "He is innocent, and he and his family have suffered for years because of his wrongful conviction". He was convicted of obstruction of justice and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after leaking the name of covert Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame.

On the subject of Libby, however, I'll offer up this hot take: he was basically just a spear carrier for his boss, Vice President Dick Cheney. "This cries out for a pardon". This commutation fell short of Dick Cheney's recommendation to grant a full pardon and exonerate his chief of staff of any wrong-doing. I wonder who else might be a victim of a special prosecutor run amok?

Another twist is that the special counsel in Libby's case, Patrick Fitzgerald, was appointed by James Comey, deputy attorney general at the time. The special counsel also found much evidence that behind his prosecutorial target stood the vice president himself - who had ordered the White House press secretary to lie publicly about Libby's role.

Libby's attorneys, Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing, issued a statement thanking Trump for "addressing a gross injustice" they said was inflicted by Fitzgerald and Comey. He adds that Trump "recognized this wrong and would not let it persist".

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