Trump Plans to Pardon CIA Leaker Scooter Libby

Troubling Signal Seen as Trump Pardons Cheney Sidekick Scooter Libby

Troubling Signal Seen as Trump Pardons Cheney Sidekick Scooter Libby

Remember Scooter Libby? He was the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney who was convicted of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and obstruction of justice in 2007 over the outing of Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame. They argued that he was the victim of an overzealous prosecutor.

Cheney pushed for a pardon, but Bush commuted Libby's 30-month prison sentence and stopped short of erasing the conviction from his record.

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And who named the special counsel? The White House has repeatedly said that no pardons are now on the table for people caught up in the Russian Federation investigation. Plans for a pardon were first reported by ABC News.

Well, President Donald Trump is set to change all that.

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The move would mark another controversial pardon for Trump and could raise questions as an increasing number of the president's political allies have landed themselves in legal jeopardy.

Libby was convicted of four felonies in 2007 for perjury, lying to investigators and obstruction of justice during an investigation into the disclosure of Valerie Wilson's work with the Central Intelligence Agency. Plame, a covert agent, had denied Libya was a source to Iraq for nuclear materials.

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But federal law bars the disclosure of the identities of Central Intelligence Agency officials in certain circumstances and the leak prompted a special prosecutor investigation.

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