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

President Donald Trump speaks during an event on tax policy in the Rose Garden of the White House Thursday

"He was indicted, tried and convicted on obstruction of justice and perjury charges for basically violating the national security of the United States of America".

President George W. Bush had previously commuted Libby's prison sentence.

Wilson also said he finds Trump to be a "vile and despicable individual" who is "utterly unacceptable as president".

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, while declining at the time to confirm Mr Trump's plans for a pardon, said earlier on Friday that "many people think that Scooter Libby was the victim of a special counsel gone amok".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted the pardon was not meant to send a message to the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, saying, "One thing has nothing to do with the other". In pardoning Libby, Trump believes he proved his point about the mixed motives of some within the intelligence community.

The saga that led up to Libby's conviction began in 2003 when Joseph Wilson, a former diplomat, wrote a New York Times op-ed column, contending that Cheney had deliberately ignored evidence showing that Iraq was not seeking to acquire material needed to build nuclear weapons.

While Trump has had no relationship or expressed interest in Libby's case to date, conservatives have long regarded the prosecution as an example of a special counsel overstepping its original mandate.

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Whatever Trump does or doesn't know about Libby, however, someone must have told him why the Bush administration's former vice presidential chief of staff ended his career with multiple felony convictions and narrowly escaped prison.

The spokesman, Freddy Ford, says, "President Bush is very pleased for Scooter and his family".

U.S. President, Donald Trump, has issued a pardon to former Dick Cheney vice presidential aide Scooter Libby, who was convicted of obstruction of justice and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2007, the White House said.

But while diGenova may not be directly working for Trump, he continues to do his bidding on the president's favorite cable news channel. Bush asked the White House counsel whether Libby was guilty and the answer was straightforward: Yes. No one was ever charged for the leak.

Although never having met Libby, Trump knows his story and apparently feels for the guy. "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. "And there's no particular reason to pardon Scooter Libby", Nadler said.

At trial, Libby claimed to have simply forgotten he actually learned about the identity from Cheney a month before he said he had.

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