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Santa Fe's Plame, Wilson blast Trump over Libby pardon

Gene J. Puskar  Associated Press  File Gene J. Puskar Associated Press File
Bennie Garza | 17 April, 2018, 05:44

Libby, who served as Cheney's chief of staff, was convicted in 2007 of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to FBI investigators.

That same year, Wilson had authored an op-ed in The New York Times that called into question the George W. Bush administration's determination that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had sought to obtain weapons of mass destruction.

Former President George W. Bush declined to pardon Libby, despite his vice president's urging, but he did commute Libby's 30-month sentence in federal prison.

"Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life", Trump said.

But if Trump did pardon Libby to send a political message, former United States attorney Preet Bharara said Sunday that he thought that would be "kind of abusive". The Associated Press and The New York Times also reported Trump is expected to issue the pardon. "But for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly".

Wilson's statement said that the pardon suggests "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". Fitzgerald was tapped by then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey, and the news of Libby's pardon came hours after excerpts from Comey's new memoir leaked, in which the ex-FBI director is highly critical of the President. Comey said in an interview with ABC News that Trump was "morally unfit to be president".

President Donald Trump finally pardoned Scooter Libby on Friday, and it was a decision long overdue.

[Trump adviser Kelly Anne] Conway was pressed by reporters at the White House on whether it's the president's intention to send a message "that it's okay to lie under oath and to obstruct justice", and insisted that is not the case.

Since then, 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.

According to the White House, there are no current plans to offer pardons over the Russian Federation investigation.

"In light of these facts, the President believes Mr. Libby is fully worthy of this pardon", said Sanders.

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