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.
President Donald Trump pardoned former top Dick Cheney aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby on Friday because "the president thought it was the right thing to do", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. Rather, it's been mostly about alleged false statements, just as it was with Libby. He was convicted on multiple counts for lying to the FBI and obstructing justice during a special prosecutor investigation into leaks that had blown the identity of an undercover Central Intelligence Agency agent. That's fine, because Trump will pardon you if it suits his venal political interest. "Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the bad job he did-until he was, in fact, fired", Trump wrote.
He said that he and his family are grateful and that they have "suffered under the weight of a awful injustice".More news: Bon Jovi, Nina Simone enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson called Trump a "vile and despicable individual."He said, in essence, that he doesn't know Libby, but heard he got a raw deal.
Some question whether Trump really cared about Libby's situation or whether he was trying to send a broader message to those involved in a current investigation regarding Russian Federation meddling in our nation's elections. It turns out that the justice department official who appointed the special prosecutor who went after Scooter Libby was none other than President Trumps current nattering nemesis of negativism, James Comey.
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. "To his great credit, President Trump recognized this wrong and would not let it persist".More news: USA has blood samples verifying chemical attack
The person said the announcement could come as early as Friday.
Media outlets ABC News, NBC News, CBS News and The New York Times cited sources in confirming the pardon.
Plame, appearing on MSNBC on Friday before the pardon was issued, said granting one would send a message "that you can commit crimes against national security and you will be pardoned". "He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted". 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. Manafort has since been charged with more than a dozen offenses, while Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.More news: PM Modi in Chennai says not biased against any region