Who Is Scooter Libby, and Why Did Trump Pardon Him?

Schiff: Trump's Message With Libby Pardon Is 'If You're With Me, I Have Your Back'

"You would have to believe that the president picked the Scooter Libby out of a hat, out of the thousands of people seeking a pardon, this was a complete coincidence", Schiff said.

Trump pardoned Libby on Friday, saying that, while he has never met him, he had "heard that he has been treated unfairly".

President Donald Trump issued his third pardon on Friday, granting clemency to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former top aide in the George W. Bush administration.

The press secretary further pointed to Libby's decade of "honorable service to the Nation" in the State Department, Defense Department, and White House before his conviction and similar performance since his conviction. Libby, who served as Cheney's chief of staff, was convicted in 2007 of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to FBI investigators. "Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life".

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. No one, however, was charged for the leak.

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Former FBI director James Comey - who at the time was serving as deputy attorney general - was the one who appointed a special prosecutor in the Plame case.

He was originally sentenced to 30 months in prison and was fined $250,000, but was ultimately spared jail time when then-President George W. Bush commuted his sentence.

"I think the president is sending a message, basically: 'I will use the pardon power to pardon people even that have been convicted of leaking or obstruction of justice". Libby's law license was reinstated in 2016.

A different official who wasn't charged, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, had acknowledged confirming Plame's Central Intelligence Agency connection to the Washington Post before any of Libby's media contacts, according to Politico. "It's about Donald Trump and his future", Plame said on MSNBC.

According to the New York Times, Libby's case "has always been a cause for conservatives who maintained that he was a victim of a special prosecutor run amok, an argument that may have resonated with the president".

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