President Trump Pardons Scooter Libby

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He writes that Robert Muellers probe has just taken “a Ken Starr turn with its lurch, via the Southern District of NY, into the Stormy Daniels affair.” Its not Mr. Muellers character to which Mr. Lowry objects, as we read him, but the temptations that come with any special prosecutors special power.

In a statement, Trump conceded he has no personal relationship with Libby, whose case has been held up by conservatives as an example of a special counsel overstepping his bounds.

"I don't know Mr. Libby", Trump said in a statement released by the White House press secretary. Hopefully, this full pardon may definitely help a part of his entire life.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said on Twitter that it "seems like [Trump's] sending a message to current WH staff anxious about investigation of Trump obstruction: 'Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours'".

"For over a dozen years we have suffered under the weight of a awful injustice", he wrote.

The book also makes a few digs at Trump's appearance, joking about the president's hand size and describing "bright white half-moons" under his eyes that he suggests came from tanning goggles.

A spokesman for Bush said Friday that the former president was "very pleased" for Libby and his family.

Apart from all that, an added sweetness attaches to the Libby pardon. "I had my hopes up for quite awhile". Cheney was furious when Wilson published an op-ed debunking the Bush administration's claims that Iraq was importing uranium from Niger.

Libby was found responsible in 2007 of lying and obstructing an investigation into who blew the cover of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame. He was not accused of the leak itself.

Libby was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000, but his sentence was commuted by then-President George W. Bush.

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. What's more, it reminds us as well how the slightest miscue in testimony - i.e., "lying to the FBI" - can put even the most honorable men behind bars.

In a statement, Libby thanked Trump, saying his family has "suffered under the weight of a awful injustice".

Trump's pardon of Libby comes out of the blue. During that time, he appointed a special counsel to prosecute a high-profile case that led to Libby's guilty verdict in 2007.

Still, she said, "Many people think that Scooter Libby was the victim of a special counsel gone amok".

John Dowd, a former Trump lawyer, floated pardons to former campaign manager Paul Manafort and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, The Post has reported. But what he did, or was said to have done, represent the smallest of potatoes.

Democrats reacted sharply to Trump's pardoning. “This is the Presidents way of sending a message to those implicated in the Russian Federation investigation: You have my back and I‘ll have yours, ” the Washington Post quoted Congressman Adam Schiff tweeting.

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