Politics AP source: Trump expected to pardon former Cheney aide Libby

18:14  13 april  2018
18:14  13 april  2018 Source:   Associated Press

Cheney on Libby Pardon: Trump has 'righted' a 'wrongful conviction'

  Cheney on Libby Pardon: Trump has 'righted' a 'wrongful conviction' Former Vice President Dick Cheney praised President Trump's decision on Friday to pardon his former top aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, saying that Trump had "righted" a "wrongful conviction." "Scooter Libby is one of the most capable, principled, and honorable men I have ever known," Cheney said in a statement. "He is innocent, and he and his family have suffered for years because of his wrongful conviction.""I am grateful today thatLoad Error

POLITICO New York. Even in Trump 's White House, being nice can pay off. Cheney : Libby 'deserved' pardon . By ANDY BARR. Bush commuted Libby ’s two-and-a-half-year prison sentence, but Cheney ’s former top aide still had to pay a 0,000 fine and was disbarred.

A Pardon For Libby ? Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby , left "President Bush must pledge not to pardon Libby for his criminal conduct," Reid said in a statement released by his office. "Dick Cheney is very close to Libby and a lot of people view this as a subordinate taking a bullet for

I. Lewis © J. Scott Applewhite I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff for Dick Cheney, was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump plans to pardon I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a person familiar with the president's decision.

The person said the announcement could come as early as Friday. The person, who wasn't authorized to discuss the decision ahead of its public announcement and demanded anonymity, said the pardon has been under consideration at the White House for months. The plans were first reported by ABC News.

Trump to pardon ex-Cheney aide Scooter Libby: report

  Trump to pardon ex-Cheney aide Scooter Libby: report <p>President Trump is expected to pardon Scooter Libby, the former chief of staff to then-Vice President Dick Cheney, ABC News reported Thursday.</p>The president has reportedly already signed off on the pardon for Libby, who was convicted in 2007 for lying to the FBI and obstructing justice in the investigation into who leaked the identity of ex-CIA agent Valerie Plame.

“Scooter”) Libby , the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney , that he remain free pending the It is expected Libby will be assigned to a minimum-security prison camp in Maryland, Virginia or New Walton’s ruling ratchets up the political pressure on the White House over a pardon for Libby .

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday he was unhappy with then-President George W. Bush’s refusal to pardon Lewis “Scooter” Libby , Cheney ’s onetime chief of staff who was convicted in the CIA leak case.

Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff, was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame. President George W. Bush later commuted Libby's 30-month prison sentence, but didn't issue a pardon despite intense pressure from Cheney. No one was ever charged for the leak.

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. Another twist is that the special counsel, Patrick Fitzgerald, was appointed by James Comey, deputy attorney general at the time. Comey later became head of the FBI, but was fired by Trump, and has since written a book highly critical of the president.

New York attorney general wants power to bypass Trump pardons

  New York attorney general wants power to bypass Trump pardons <p>New York's attorney general on Wednesday asked Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators to give him and other local prosecutors power to bring criminal charges against people pardoned by U.S. President Donald Trump.</p>New York's attorney general on Wednesday asked Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators to give him and other local prosecutors power to bring criminal charges against people pardoned by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The Honorable Dick Cheney Vice President United States of America Eisenhower Executive Office Building Washington, D.C. 20501. We call on you to recuse yourself from involvement in any issues relating to the criminal prosecution of your former aide , I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby , including the issue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday he was unhappy with then-President George W. Bush’s refusal to pardon Lewis “Scooter” Libby , Cheney ’s onetime chief of staff who was convicted in the CIA leak case.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Friday declined to confirm Trump's plans for a pardon.

Still, she said, "many people think that Scooter Libby was the victim of a special counsel gone amok." Asked if a pardon was about Comey, Conway said no.

The move would mark the third pardon by Trump. He granted one last year for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was awaiting sentencing for contempt of court. Trump also has pardoned a U.S. Navy sailor who was convicted after taking photos of classified portions of a submarine.

Conservative criticism of the special counsel in the Plame case echoes critiques of Robert Mueller's Russia probe. Mueller is special counsel leading an investigation into Russian election interference, possible coordination with Trump associates and potential obstruction of justice by the president. Trump has called that probe a "witch hunt."

Associated Press writer Catherine Lucey contributed to this report.

Former Obama aide: Trump's 'Cheatin' Obama' may have 'racial undertones' .
Former White House aide Jen Psaki said in a Tuesday interview on CNN that President Trump referring to her former boss as "Cheatin' Obama" in a tweet may have "racial undertones.""The president brought up former President Obama, your former boss," said "The Lead" host Jake Tapper. "He blamed him for basically creating no border. That followed a tweet in which he called - with zero context, I didn't know what he was talking about - he was talking about his poll numbers with Rasmussen, 'higher than Cheatin' Obama.

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