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Trump to pardon Scooter Libby, Bush official convicted of lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

17 April 2018

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame says President Donald Trump's plans to pardon I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby send a message "that you can commit crimes against national security and you will be pardoned".

Speculation surrounding President Donald Trump's motive to pardon Scooter Libby this week continues, as the special counsel probe could put some of Trump's allies in the hot seat.

"It's true that the pardon power is something that the President can exercise in any way shape or form pretty much he wants", Bharara said on CNN's "State of the Union". Armitage said he wasn't aware that Plame had been working undercover. "But it's kind of abusive, I think, if you're using it to send a political message to people who may be in a position to testify against you". But in 2007 Libby was convicted of multiple felonies - including lying to a federal grand jury and the FBI about leaking the identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer, Valerie Plame to conservative columnist Robert Novak.

"That is simply false", Plame said in her statement to the Huffington Post.

Lewis "Scooter" Libby served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney under the G.W. Bush administration.

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Libby had insisted he had a different memory of events than other witnesses, and he didn't intend to deceive investigators. Libby still had to pay a $250,000 fine and log 400 hours of community service.

Since then, 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. Trump on Sunday called Comey a "slimeball" in one of his Twitter tweets. "Bush's ambassador to the United Nations and started this week as Mr. Trump's national security adviser". Fitzgerald is a longtime friend and colleague of James B. Comey, the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director whose new memoir paints a scathing portrait of Trump's character and conduct in office.

"Finally, as to Trump, he is a vile and despicable individual", he later added.

Plame and Wilson sued Libby, Cheney and others in 2006 for infringing on Plame's Constitutional rights and conspiring to reveal her identity, but a U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C., dismissed the suit.

Trump to pardon Scooter Libby, Bush official convicted of lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation