Summary: President Donald Trump pardoned Scooter Libby on Friday. This, of course, is similar to Trump's low opinion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and allegations of Trump campaign collusion.
"While the President has the constitutional power to pardon, the decision to do so in this case purports to be premised on the notion that Libby was an innocent man convicted on the basis of inaccurate testimony caused by the prosecution", he said Friday.
"For over a dozen years we have suffered under the weight of a awful injustice", he wrote.
"President's Trump's pardon is not based on the truth", she added. Trump has often privately expressed a willingness to pardon Libby, who was convicted for obstruction of justice and perjury in the disclosure of a Central Intelligence Agency agent's name. "It would also mean he was forgiving a former official who was convicted in a case involving leaks despite Mr. Trump's repeated inveighing against those who disclose information to reporters", the New York Times stated. Some speculate that this pardon is an attempt by the Trump administration to discredit Comey and his investigational direction.
Victoria Toensing, Libby's lawyer, said Friday that Trump called her personally around 1 p.m.to break the news. "I had my hopes up for quite awhile". The Libby investigation, which began almost six years ago, went to the heart of whether the Bush Administration misled the public in making its case to invade Iraq.
In 2007, Libby was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice. He was not accused of the leak itself. Trump has given him a long-overdue pardon-something that President George W. Bush refused to do, despite Cheney's heartfelt pleas. Libby paid a $250,000 fine and completed his community service and probation following the conviction.More news: Bashar al-Assad warns Western action would 'further destabilise' region
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She claimed that both Comey and Fitzgerald knew before the investigation began that another person was responsible for the leak.
Pardons are not a finding of innocence, but they do restore the civil rights that are normally lost because of a criminal conviction.
The special counsel responsible for the probe of Libby was appointed by then-Deputy Attorney-General, James Comey. He served as FBI Director from 2013-2017 when he was sacked by Trump. It remains true today. Some argued that, as Hamilton put it, the supposition of the connivance of the Chief Magistrate ought not to be entirely excluded. In the end, though, they chose to give, even for treason, the pardon power to the president alone. "But the facts have not changed".
Libby was convicted of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was sentenced to 30 months in prison in 2007.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway yesterday declined to confirm Trump's plans for a pardon.
Trump has spent the past week enraged at the special counsel and the ever-growing web of associates who have become entangled in the investigation.