Santa Fe's Plame, Wilson blast Trump over Libby pardon

Schiff: Trump's Message With Libby Pardon Is 'If You're With Me, I Have Your Back'

Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) said Sunday that President Donald Trump's pardon of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, was meant to send a message about the Russian Federation investigation.

Libby, the chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted in 2007 of perjury and obstruction of justice related to the investigation into the leak of Plame's identity.

President Trump made clear that he doesn't know Libby, "but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly".

He was set to serve 30 months in jail, but Bush commuted his sentence.

Now, a decade later, Libby is finally getting that pardon at last - for reasons no one quite understands, other than President Trump himself.

"Given how many thousands of people are out there - and my office used to process these requests on a regular basis - how many thousands of people are out there who may have been prosecuted in a way that was over aggressive, where charges were piled on, who want to get on with their lives in a way that maybe the President can help by issuing a pardon - none of those people have gotten a pardon", he said.

Schiff: Trump's Message With Libby Pardon Is 'If You're With Me, I Have Your Back'

In 2015, one of the key witnesses against Mr. Libby recanted her testimony, stating publicly that she believes the prosecutor withheld relevant information from her during interviews that would have altered significantly what she said.

James Comey, the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director, had appointed the special counsel who investigated the leak, the Washington Post reports here. Fitzgerald is a longtime friend and colleague of James B. Comey, the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director whose new memoir paints a scathing portrait of Trump's character and conduct in office.

[Trump adviser Kelly Anne] Conway was pressed by reporters at the White House on whether it's the president's intention to send a message "that it's okay to lie under oath and to obstruct justice", and insisted that is not the case.

Speculation surrounding President Donald Trump's motive to pardon Scooter Libby this week continues, as the special counsel probe could put some of Trump's allies in the hot seat.

Plame also mentioned that the federal prosecutor in the Libby case was appointed by then-U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who Trump fired as FBI director past year.

"This is definitely not about me; it is absolutely not about Scooter Libby".

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