Valerie Plame denounces potential Libby pardon

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Mr. Fitzgerald, who had the classified file of Ms. Plame's service, withheld her State Department cover from Ms. Miller-and from Mr. Libby's lawyers, who had requested Ms. Plame's employment history.

The Libby pardon came just hours after Trump's morning Twitter attack against Comey. During that time, he appointed a special counsel to prosecute a high-profile case that led to Libby's guilty verdict in 2007. Mr. Libby, prosecutors said, lied about where he learned of her identity and what he discussed with reporters. Hopefully, this full pardon may definitely help a part of his entire life. Libby could not immediately be reached for comment.

Conservative Republicans had hunted out a pardon for Libby after Vice President Dick Cheney wasn't able to convince Bush to grant one in his presidency.

Libby, who served as Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, was charged and found guilty of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and obstructing justice more than a decade ago. Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had criticized the Bush administration's rationale for invading Iraq.

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame says President Donald Trump's plans to pardon I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby send a message "that you can commit crimes against national security and you will be pardoned".

And Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia, the vice ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Trump "is sending a clear signal to others that he will reward obstruction of justice".

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The president signed off on clemency for Scooter Libby on Friday, following months of consideration. Bolton was a key Bush administration advocate, along with Cheney and Libby, of the 2003 USA invasion of Iraq. "President Trump recognized this wrong and wold not let it persist".

A spokesman for Bush said the former president was "very pleased" for Libby and his family.

There is another parallel with this whole political maneuver, although it was denied on Friday by White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

It's unclear whether Trump is sending a message or not to individuals involved in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. White House aides said earlier this week that Trump was fuming over FBI raids related to the investigation on Monday of the office and home of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen. So far, Mueller hasn't charged anyone with colluding with Russian Federation.

This was the next pardon of rsquo & Trump;s tenure. He granted one past year for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was awaiting sentencing for contempt of court.

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