Publicado: Lun, Abril 16, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Trump pardons ex-Cheney aide Lewis 'Scooter' Libby

Trump pardons ex-Cheney aide Lewis 'Scooter' Libby

President Trump issued a pardon Friday to former Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide, saying his 2007 conviction for obstructing the probe into the leaking of a Central Intelligence Agency operative's identity, saying the conviction now appears to be tainted.

Libby, who served as Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, was charged and found guilty of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and obstructing justice more than a decade ago.

President George W. Bush later commuted Libby's 30-month prison sentence but did not issue a pardon despite intense pressure from Mr Cheney.

The news was first reported by ABC News.

It could hardly be more obvious that Trump's pardon of Libby is created to send the message that he is prepared to pardon those charged with (and even convicted of) making false statements in connection with the Russian Federation "collusion" matter.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway yesterday declined to confirm Trump's plans for a pardon. In 2018, President Trump's pardon did just that-providing full legal forgiveness for Libby's crime and restore all of his civil rights.

Libby had served as chief of staff and senior advisor to former Vice President Dick Cheney between 2001 to 2005.

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In 2007, James Comey was the deputy attorney general, and appointed a special counsel to oversee the FBI investigation into Libby. He said Trump "recognized this wrong and would not let it persist".

"Scooter" Libby, like us all, is an imperfect human being.

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

I suppose all of Mueller's victims deserve pardons too, don't they? "I don't know Mr. Libby", Trump said, "but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly". I think he has an audience of three, perhaps more. He added, "And if a person does not tell the truth, particularly if he serves in government and holds the public trust, he must be held accountable". "Mr. Libby's conviction was based upon the testimony of multiple witnesses, including the grand jury testimony of Mr. Libby himself, as well as numerous documents". 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.

Three years later, Ms. Miller writes, she was reading Ms. Plame's book, "Fair Game", and was astonished to learn that while on overseas assignment for the CIA Ms. Plame "had worked at the State Department as cover". He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted.

A jury found Libby guilty of four out of five counts after a trial in 2007.

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