Valerie Plame rips Scooter Libby pardon: It's 'not based on the truth'

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President Donald Trump issued out a pardon for former George W. Bush administration official Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

The timing of the Trump's sudden concern about Libby - who was Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, and who was convicted in 2007 of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and obstruction of justice as part of the Bush administration's effort to discredit Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame - is notable, given that Mueller is now investigating Trump and his campaign for obstruction of justice.

Scooter Libby is now 67.

"I don't know Mr. Libby", Trump wrote in a statement. Hopefully, this full pardon may definitely help a part of his entire life.

He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000, but didn't serve jail time after Bush commuted his sentence.

"I don't know Mr. Libby", Trump admitted in a statement published by the White House. "But it's been a tough issue for a lot of people in the White House and it's run its course and now we're going to move on", Bush said in 2007. He was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak of the identity of Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame.

Speaking to MSNBC Friday, Plame slammed Trump's pardon, stating that it sent a message "that you can commit crimes against national security and you will be pardoned". Many believe that Libby took a fall to protect his boss, Vice President Dick Cheney. Now, in April 2018, Libby has been completely pardoned by President Donald Trump. This commutation fell short of Dick Cheney's recommendation to grant a full pardon and exonerate his chief of staff of any wrong-doing. Comey, who was appointed to FBI Director by Obama in 2013, was sacked by Trump last May amid a probe into the NY billionaire's ties to Russian Federation.

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Bush later revealed that Cheney was angry at his decision not to formally pardon Libby, with Cheney saying his chief of staff "deserved a presidential pardon".

In 2007, James Comey was the deputy attorney general, and appointed a special counsel to oversee the FBI investigation into Libby.

Libby's allies have claimed he was the victim of an overzealous special counsel, and have said his statements reflected differences in memory between himself and other witnesses, not an intent to lie.

Mr. Libby's lawyers have said prosecutors offered to drop the charges against Mr. Libby if he would incriminate.

Libby's case has been criticized by conservatives, who argue he was the victim of an overly zealous and politically motivated prosecution by a special counsel.

Plame appeared on the same network Friday to say the pardon was symbolic and had nothing to do with Libby as an individual. He pardoned Joe Arpaio a month later which he was convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving racial profiling.

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