Valerie Plame denounces potential Libby pardon

  • Valerie Plame denounces potential Libby pardon

Valerie Plame denounces potential Libby pardon

Libby was convicted in 2007 of perjury before a grand jury, lying to the FBI and obstructing an investigation into the leaked identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame.

That same year, Wilson had authored an op-ed in The New York Times that called into question the George W. Bush administration's determination that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had sought to obtain weapons of mass destruction.

Bharara said that there a lot of other people who might have deserved a presidential pardon.

After Libby's conviction, President George W. Bush declined to pardon him but commuted his 30-month federal prison sentence.

Schiff said Trump utilized the pardon to tell people he is willing to pardon them if they obstruct justice to shield the president in the investigation into Russian election interference.

Yet on Friday April 13, President Trump pardoned one of the most notorious leakers in recent political history: I. Lewis [Scooter] Libby, Jr.

"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. But some suggest that new changes in Trump's inner circle could account for the pardon.

Former FBI director James Comey - who at the time was serving as deputy attorney general - was the one who appointed a special prosecutor in the Plame case.

The chief federal prosecutor in Libby's case was Patrick Fitzgerald, then the USA attorney from the Northern District of IL.

"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, ' reports the Associated Press". Comey said in an interview with ABC News that Trump was "morally unfit to be president".

President Trump and his staff are desperate to make parallels between Libby's case and the current FBI investigation.

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 a year ago.

Trump's pardon is now just a formality, erasing the stain on Libby's record, and allowing someone regarded widely by all parties as a good and decent man to move on.