President Trump issued a pardon Friday to former Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide, saying his 2007 conviction for obstructing the probe into the leaking of a Central Intelligence Agency operative's identity, saying the conviction now appears to be tainted.
He said Trump "has given a blanket pardon essentially to this movement and he has invited them back into his administration to lead a charge back into war".
Trump said he does not know Libby, but "for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly". 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 bad wrong". It's also a shot at James Comey, who appointed the counsel who investigated the leak of Plame's identity.
Comey, who was appointed FBI Director by Obama in 2013, was sacked by Trump in May 2017 amid a probe into the NY billionaire's ties to Russian Federation.
News of the expected pardon was previously reported by ABC News. "Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life", Trump is quoted as saying in the statement. Presumably that was why, during their final days in office, Cheney brought tremendous pressure on Bush to pardon Libby - a request that Bush ultimately refused (having already commuted his prison sentence).
"Pardoning Libby was the right thing to do after the principal witness recanted her testimony", she said at the daily briefing.
Mr Trump knows the attorneys and had sought to add them to his legal team defending him in the Russian investigation, but it was determined Mr diGenova and Mr Toensing had conflicts of interest that would prevent them from joining.
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However, the bigger picture, according to observers, may be the message Trump is sending to those who have, or might be tempted, to obstruct justice on his benefit.
White House aides mentioned which Trump fumed more than Federal Bureau of Investigation raids related to the evaluation on Monday of this office at dwelling Michael Cohen, of the personal lawyer.
Ms. Miller's new memoir recounts that after her conditions had been met and Mr. Fitzgerald asked the court to release her from jail in September 2005, she was summoned to testify before the grand jury.
Trump's pardon may send another message - that he is willing to use his pardon power to reward loyalists and to punish prosecutors he sees as running amok. Mr. Libby, also disbarred, was forced to wait more than a decade for justice to prevail.
Libby said that others had told him that they would not go into public service after seeing how he was treated because of his government role.
So as Trump frets and fumes over the current special counsel probe of his presidential campaign's alleged collusion with Russia, Libby represents exactly what he wishes all of his associates would do. One side wanted to use Scooter Libby as a step ladder to reach up and pull down someone higher.
NPR political reporter Jessica Taylor contributed.