President Trump Pardons Scooter Libby

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"President Donald Trump has granted a pardon to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby on the basis that he was "treated unfairly". It's absolutely not about Scooter Libby. Investigators never proved a definitive connection, but they did build an obstruction case against Libby. "Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life", according to a statement issued by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders announcing the pardon.

Libby's convictions came during a special counsel investigation during the Bush administration over former Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame's identity being leaked to the press.

His sentence was commuted by former president George W Bush, who declined however to issue a pardon - reportedly sparking a rift between him and Cheney. But the conviction stayed on Libby's record, and he still had to pay a fine. The special counsel also found much evidence that behind his prosecutorial target stood the vice president himself - who had ordered the White House press secretary to lie publicly about Libby's role.

Libby was convicted in connection with the investigation into the leaking of the name of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame.

Consultant Adam Schiff, the leading Democrat in the House Intelligence Committee, said the Libby pardon was Trump's way "of sending a message to those involved at the Russian Federation investigation: You've my spine and that I'll have yours". In pardoning Libby, Trump, who complains nearly daily about leaks, put himself in the peculiar position of pardoning a man convicted of involvement in a national-security leak.

Libby was convicted in a case headed up by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, who was named by James Comey, then serving as a top Justice Department official.

"That is simply false".

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Comey went on to become Federal Bureau of Investigation director and was sacked by Trump, a move that led to the appointment of Robert Mueller, another former Federal Bureau of Investigation director whom Trump nearly daily accuses of conducting a "witch hunt".

"This is about Donald Trump and his future", she said Friday appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

Trump used his pardon authority past year when he pardoned Joe Arpaio, a controversial sheriff in Arizona who had been convicted of criminal contempt related to his hard-line tactics going after undocumented immigrants.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz sent his report on McCabe to Capitol Hill on Friday ahead of its expected public release.

Plame said in a statement Friday afternoon that "Trump's pardon is not based on the truth", reiterating that Bush reviewed the facts and decided against a pardon.

NPR political reporter Jessica Taylor contributed.

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