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Is There A Deeper Reason Behind Trump's Pardon Of Scooter Libby?

FILE **Former White House aide I. Lewis'Scooter Libby right is escorted to a waiting vehicle with his attorney Theodore Well left outside federal Court in Washington Thursday

"He is a vile and despicable individual who is undermining the democracy of our country", Wilson told MSNBC in an interview with host Katy Tur Friday. "Libby's problem was with the Justice Department".

There's a case for pardoning Libby, but Trump wasn't interested in making it.

Plame was outed in retaliation against Wilson, who had challenged the Bush administration's justification of the Iraq War-which killed more than 4,000 Americans, according to the U.S. Department of Defense casualty website. Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican and daughter of the former vice-president, said Libby was the victim of a "miscarriage of justice", and she thanked Trump for "righting a awful wrong". He came to his conclusion after traveling to Niger in 2002, on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency, to investigate whether Saddam had purchased uranium yellowcake. That move effectively ended her career with the agency.

The person said the announcement could come as early as Friday.

During President George W. Bush's administration, Libby was convicted in 2007 of four felonies for lying to a grand jury during an FBI investigation about the work of Central Intelligence Agency officer, Valerie Plame Wilson.

Libby said in a statement he and his family are "immensely grateful to President Trump for his gracious decision to grant a pardon".

"Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life", he said. President George W. Bush later commuted Libby's 30-month prison sentence but didn't issue a pardon despite intense pressure from Cheney.

Libby was convicted of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was sentenced to 30 months in prison in 2007.

It has nothing to do with Libby, and it has nothing to do with me. But critics noted the timing, coming as Trump fumes over Robert Mueller's probe, which he has dubbed a "witch hunt".

What do you think of Scooter Libby's pardon?

Finally, neither Mr. Trump nor his thoroughly outmatched legal team knows the full exposure he or potential witnesses face. He represents the repudiation of everything that my generation has worked to secure for our nation and its people.

For it turns out that the Founders wrestled with the problem of a president turning on the US government itself (they anxious about treason).

"Scooter" Lewis Libby, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Richard Cheney, for convictions stemming from a 2007 trial", the statement said. Miller says she testified truthfully at the time, ” the Journal reports, “but she later concluded based on new information that she had been led into false testimony by Mr. Fitzgerald.”.

Since then, the Libby case has been criticised by conservatives, who argue that he was the victim of an overly zealous and politically motivated prosecution by a special counsel. Both men were outspoken leaders of the campaign to undermine President Barack Obama by spreading the lie that he was born outside the United States when in fact he was born in Hawaii. That, and officially pardoning I.

Democrats reacted sharply to Trump's pardoning.