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Is There A Deeper Reason Behind Trump's Pardon Of Scooter Libby?

Trump pardons'Scooter Libby former Iraq war-era Cheney aideMore

Libby served as Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff. "He was indicted, tried and convicted on obstruction of justice and perjury charges for basically violating the national security of the United States of America". The case stemmed from an investigation into the leaking of the covert identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame, though no one was charged for the leak. Moreover, Libby has never apologized for his acts and continues to proclaim his innocence, not the usual conduct of someone who receives a presidential pardon.

Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said earlier Friday that there was no current petition seeking a pardon on file with the DOJ's Office of Pardon Attorney.

"One thing has nothing to do with the other and every case should be reviewed on their own merits". Asked if a pardon would be about Mr Comey, Ms Conway said no.

The saga that led up to Libby's conviction began in 2003 when Joseph Wilson, a former diplomat, wrote a New York Times op-ed column, contending that Cheney had deliberately ignored evidence showing that Iraq was not seeking to acquire material needed to build nuclear weapons.

Libby, who served as Cheney's chief of staff, was convicted in 2007 of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements. Trump says it appeared Libby had been "treated unfairly" by a special counsel. Mr Comey later became head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation but was sacked by Mr Trump, and has since written a book highly critical of the president. Bush later commuted Libby's sentence.

Trump, of course, also believes he's being treated unfairly by law enforcement.

Donald Trump has pardoned Scooter Libby, who was convicted in 2007 of lying about his role in exposing an undercover Central Intelligence Agency agent, Valerie Plame, because her husband was an annoyance to the Bush administration. The White House had not been in contact with Libby's primary trial lawyer, who learned about the potential pardon Thursday night from media reports. Comey was responsible for appointing the special counsel who pursued the Libby case. The conviction stemmed from a probe into the leak of the identity of Plame, who had been working for the Central Intelligence Agency as an undercover agent overseas.

"I had no reason until I heard last night to know that anything was imminent", Jeffress said on a phone call Friday. Hopefully, this full pardon may definitely help a part of his entire life.

ABC News said Trump had already signed off on the pardon which he had been considering for months.

Plame was outed in retaliation against Wilson, who had challenged the Bush administration's justification of the Iraq War-which killed more than 4,000 Americans, according to the U.S. Department of Defense casualty website.

The criticism echoes critiques of Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, possible coordination with Trump associates and potential obstruction of justice by the president. No one, however, was charged for the leak.

The pardon was the third for Mr Trump.