In a statement released after the pardon, Toensing called out Comey, who was deputy attorney general during Libby's case and appointed Fitzgerald as special prosecutor to investigate the matter. Fitzgerald is a longtime friend and colleague of James Comey, the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director whose new memoir paints a scathing portrait of Trump's character and conduct in office.

Plame was outed in retaliation against Wilson, who had challenged the Bush administration's justification of the Iraq War-which killed more than 4,000 Americans, according to the U.S. Department of Defense casualty website.

Publication of that leak blew her cover, a potential federal crime. That was taken as proof that Libby must of have raised Plame's work at the Central Intelligence Agency.


"Perjury before a grand jury is a pardonable offense". Rather, it's been mostly about alleged false statements, just as it was with Libby. And the judge in sentencing him called the evidence "overwhelming".

Libby was originally sentenced to 30 months in prison and a $250,000 fine.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told Breitbart News that Cheney phoned the president after the announcement was made. The injustice was so abject that one juror wept as the verdict was read, and two stated they hoped Mr. Libby would be pardoned. Last year, he pardoned Joe Arpaio, a former Arizona sheriff who campaigned for Trump, less than a month after he was convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving racial profiling.

In the first pardon, Trump did not follow his predecessors' practice of consulting with lawyers at the Justice Department before announcing his decision.


President Trump hadnt even issued his pardon of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby when the Democratic Party foghorns started suggesting he was doing it for reasons they see as nefarious. Given the timing, and given the familiar details of the Libby case, Trump's reason for doing so seems obvious: He wanted to send a very clear message that he is perfectly willing to pardon government officials who stay loyal to the president in the face of Bob Mueller's investigation. George W. Bush wasn't one of them.

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.

Mr. Manafort was indicted in October for hiding that he was working for a Russian-backed Ukrainian party while lobbying in the United States; charges against him could put him away for the rest of his life.

So as Trump frets and fumes over the current special counsel probe of his presidential campaign's alleged collusion with Russia, Libby represents exactly what he wishes all of his associates would do.


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