Trump pardons “Scooter” Libby, former Dick Cheney adviser

Former White House aide I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby, arrives at federal court in Washington, Thursday, June 14, 2007.


President Trump has officially pardoned in full I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney who was convicted in 2007 of perjury and obstruction of justice in a CIA leak case.

Libby was convicted in relation to the 2003 leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity. Former President George W. Bush commuted Libby’s sentence in 2008, and Libby was spared jail time. But the conviction stayed on Libby’s record, and he still had to pay a fine.

Mr. Trump explained his full pardon by saying he has heard for years “that he has been treated unfairly.”

“I don’t know Mr. Libby, but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly,” Mr. Trump said in a statement issued by the White House. “Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, in the White House statement, explained that Libby had rendered more than a decade of service to the country, and since then his record has been “unblemished.”

Kellyanne Conway, counsel to the president, explained to reporters earlier Friday that many believe Libby was the victim of a “special counsel run amock.”

Some fear Mr. Trump’s pardoning of Libby could be seen through the lens of the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling and any ties to the Trump campaign. Multiple associates of Mr. Trump’s campaign, including Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos, have been charged in connection to that probe, which Mr. Trump has repeatedly called a “witch hunt.”

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