Trump Pardons Scooter Libby


President Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to former Vice President Dick Cheney chief of staff Scooter Libby.

Libby was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice during a scandal over the leaking of former CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson's identity.

"For years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly," the president said. "Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life."

In a statement from the White House, the administration commended Libby for "more than a decade of honorable service to the Nation as a public servant at the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and the White House."

"His record since his conviction is similarly unblemished, and he continues to be held in high regard by his colleagues and his peers," the statement continued.

President George W. Bush commuted Libby's prison sentence in 2007, but he stopped short of issuing a pardon at that time. As a result of Libby's conviction in United States v. Libby, his law license was suspended until 2016.

White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway said "Many people think that Scooter Libby was a victim of a special counsel gone amok."

Conor Beck

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Conor Beck is a Media Analyst for the WFB. He's previously written for The College Fix, Life News, and was a Student Free Press Association Fellow for The Weekly Standard. He graduated from Rice University in 2017.

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