Skip to comments.Trump pardons ex-Cheney aide Scooter Libby
Posted on 04/13/2018 11:12:18 AM PDT by Kaslin
President Trump on Friday pardoned Scooter Libby, the former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney who was ensnared in what was known as the Valerie Plame affair during the Bush administration.
I dont know Mr. Libby, Trump said in a statement. But for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly. Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life.
Libby, who served as Cheney's chief of staff, was convicted in 2007 of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements. The case stemmed from an investigation into the leaking of the covert identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame, though Libby was not charged for the leak itself.
President George W. Bush had previously commuted Libby's prison sentence.
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.
Plames identity, it turned out, was leaked to journalist Robert Novak not by the White House, but by Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
Supporters of Libby, including Cheney, have long pushed for a pardon. The effort intensified after former New York Times reporter Judith Millers 2015 book where she doubted the accuracy of her testimony that prosecutors used to convict Libby.
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Here is a background of the Scooter Libby Case:
In his demonic zeal to catch the big fish, Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald threw Reporter Judith Miller into jail for 85 days for taking the traditional journalistic position of refusing to reveal her sources.
She was conditionally released and carefully prepared as a grand-jury and trial witness by Fitzgerald, in the widespread American technique of prosecutors intimidating and cajoling witnesses and shaping their testimony to their requirements for conviction. She was persuaded by Fitzgerald that a phrase from her reporters notebook, wife works in Bureau?, proved that Libby told her about Plame.
Three years later, when she read Valerie Plames memoir of the affair, and saw that Plame had worked for the State Department, she realized that the word Bureau applied to that department and was not a reference to the CIA (which does not use the word bureau).
Fitzgerald had reviewed Plames employment record and had taken sworn testimony from all relevant people. He was aware of the sequence of contacts in the controversy and knew that Armitage was in fact the source, but ignored his constitutional duty to act on exculpatory evidence.
He misrepresented the facts to the judge and the jury, and he encouraged Judith Miller to misinterpret her own evidence in order to facilitate a conviction of Scooter Libby. Accurate testimony from Ms. Miller would have blown up most of the already unstable case against Libby, who was just a bridge to Cheney anyway; the vice president, Fitzgerald told the court, was under a cloud, meaning one confected by Fitzgerald. Ms. Miller conducted her own research after the fact and it was confirmed to her by Libbys counsel that Fitzgerald, again in the usual corrupt functioning of the American plea-bargain system, had twice offered to drop all charges against Libby if he would inculpate the vice president. The big scalp leads to the big political or private-sector job, and to hell with the facts, the law, the public interest, and the rights of inconvenient people.
Convicted by a Kangaroo court, the same type of court that will convict Trump if he talks to Mueller.
Libby was another victim of the Deep State trying to bury their enemies.
One more thing that Bush should have done that Trump is delivering on.
Thank you President Donald J. Trump, just goes to show you what a wimp G.W. Bush is and how little he cared for the people around him.
1) Slam against the Bushes. 2) Message he can pardon anyone. 3) Libby worked for the penultimate deep stater Cheney; I haven’t figured that one out yet.
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"Thank you President Donald J. Trump, just goes to show you what a
wimp scumbag G.W. Bush is and how little he cared for the people around him."
True justice wouldn’t have left him nearly penniless.
Good. The poor guy was railroaded, thanks to the insufferable Colin Powell.
Yeah instead of only commuting his prison sentence.
Trump has the moral courage that Bush completely lacked. Bushs failure to pardon the railroaded Libby was indicative of Bushs fealty to the Washington establishment. The more we learn about Bush, the greater his reputation shrinks.
4)Fitzgerald was appointed by Comey. Libby gets his pardon the day before Comey’s big interview. Nice touch POTUS.
Fitzgerald and Comey...both dirty swamp Creatures....worse than ordinary politicians since they are supposed to be LEOs.
Betcha Libby can fill in some interesting blanks.
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