Liz Cheney praises Trump pardon of Libby

Scooter Libby has been pardoned by Donald Trump

Some argued that, as Hamilton put it, “the supposition of the connivance of the Chief Magistrate ought not to be entirely excluded.” In the end, though, they made a decision to give, even for treason, the pardon power to the president alone.

Hmmm. A special prosecutor run amok. The issue finally climaxed in a meeting in the final days of the presidency.

Indeed, according to friends of both men, the relationship never was the same between the two men.

While former FBI Director James Comey, whom Donald Trump previously attacked as a leaker and a liar, continues to drop various hints about his former employer while promoting his new book, the president remains busy.

Asked about it at a briefing with reporters, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders disputed the notion that the president pardoned Libby to send a message in the Russian Federation probe.

"Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life", he added, referring to Libby, who was Cheney's chief of staff.

President Trump hadnt even issued his pardon of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby when the Democratic Party foghorns started suggesting he was doing it for reasons they see as nefarious.

Many conservatives have been urging a pardon for Libby, including attorneys Joe diGenova and his wife, Victoria Toensing.




Libby was a prominent Washington lawyer with blue-chip credentials - Phillips Academy, Yale University, Columbia University's law school. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell also restored Libby's voting rights. George W. Bush wasn't one of them. Cheney was furious when Wilson published an op-ed debunking the Bush administration's claims that Iraq was importing uranium from Niger. As The Post previously reported, in January 2003, President Bush used his State of the Union address to justify military action against Saddam Hussein's regime. He came to his conclusion after traveling to Niger in 2002, on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency, to investigate whether Saddam had purchased uranium yellowcake. Naomi Watts stars as Plame and Sean Penn as her husband, Joseph C. Wilson. Fitzgerald didn't convict anyone of the underlying "crime" he was charged with investigating - the "outing" of Valerie Plame. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. Cheney was angered by Bush's decision, telling the president that he had left a soldier on the battlefield in the wake of the partisan investigation of the leak of Central Intelligence Agency operative Valarie Plame's name publicly to the media. They also knew who actually had exposed Ms. Plame - former deputy secretary of State Richard Armitage, a rather garrulous sort.

Comey has been attorney general during the Bush government.

Fact is, Mr. Libby did not leak Ms. Plame's identity - and everyone involved in the case, starting with hard-charging (and that's putting it kindly) special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, knew it before any trial or legal proceedings began.

The future-FBI director appointed Patrick Fitzgerald, a US attorney from Chicago, as special counsel.

"Perjury before a grand jury is a pardonable offense". He was convicted of obstruction of justice and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after leaking the name of covert Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame. The White House said that a witness against Libby later changed her version of events and that Libby had a decade of public service and an "unblemished" record since. And the judge in sentencing him called the evidence "overwhelming".

After all, if he will pardon someone he has no connection to, like Libby, who 15 years ago committed a serious crime against our country by revealing the identity of an undercover Central Intelligence Agency officer, then he will certainly pardon people with whom he is closely aligned, even if it turns out that they committed serious crimes against the United States of America.

For it turns out that the Founders wrestled with the problem of a president turning on the US government itself (they anxious about treason).

In an Oval Office meeting, Cheney tried once more to persuade the president. "He was a good guy who got screwed".

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