Libby was convicted in 2007 of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice after the covert identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame was leaked to the public. Hopefully, this full pardon may definitely help a part of his entire life.
The Libby pardon is only the latest twist in a story of spies, leaks, accusations of hidden motives and abuse of power.
Now he's being pardoned for it, which suggests of course that Mr. Trump is willing to allow people to violate the essence of our defense structure, our national security, our intelligence apparatus and essentially get away with it. President's Trump's pardon is not based on the truth.
The person said the pardon has been under consideration at the White House for months. Some speculate that this pardon is an attempt by the Trump administration to discredit Comey and his investigational direction. Bush commuted Libby's sentence in 2008, and Libby was spared jail time. He made a exceptional counsel to withhold a high profile case that contributed to Libby's verdict in 2007.
The spokesman, Freddy Ford, says, "President Bush is very pleased for Scooter and his family".
In his own book, Bush said he was taken aback by the harshness of the remark.
"I don't know Mr. Libby, but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly. I anxious that the friendship we had built was about to be severely tested".
Former ambassador Joe Wilson and his wife, former Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame railed against President Trump Friday after he pardoned Lewis "Scooter" Libby-a onetime aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. He also served two years of probation.
Hmmm. A special prosecutor run amok.
Libby was convicted in a case headed up by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald.
Others called today's pardon it a big nose thumb to fired FBI Director James Comey.
"He has basically given his seal of approval on things he claims to have been against, i.e. the war on Iraq", Wilson told Tur.
Wilson was a key figure in questioning whether the Bush administration manipulated intelligence to invade Iraq.
Publication of that leak blew her cover, a potential federal crime.
Bush critics claim Libby was part of a White House effort to punish Plame's husband, former U.S. ambassador Joseph Wilson, whom the Central Intelligence Agency sent to Niger in February 2002 to investigate claims that Saddam Hussein tried to buy uranium for nuclear bombs. But Armitage readily admitted his involvement to prosecutors and a grand jury. And the judge in sentencing him called the evidence "overwhelming". Moreover, Libby has never apologized for his acts and continues to proclaim his innocence, not the usual conduct of someone who receives a presidential pardon. In fact, Trump should issue even more of them. He granted one past year for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was awaiting sentencing for contempt of court.
In the first pardon, Trump did not follow his predecessors' practice of consulting with lawyers at the Justice Department before announcing his decision.
Scooter Libby is being pardoned by President Trump. David Andrews plays Scooter Libby in the film. He had already been reinstated to the bar by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
The Libby case has been criticized by conservatives, who argue he was the victim of an overly zealous and politically motivated prosecution by a special counsel.
Trump said he pardoned Libby, whom he doesn't know, because "he has been treated unfairly"-a claim Plame shredded as completely false".
NPR political reporter Jessica Taylor contributed.