Liberals are up in arms after President Donald Trump just pardoned I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.
The Daily Caller reported that Libby was convicted of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements back in 2007. Trump has been thinking about pardoning Libby for months, as various conservative operatives and lawyers have been calling on him to do so.
Libby was convicted of lying to the FBI about his role in leaking the name of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame. Though he was sentenced to 30 months in prison, President George W. Bush commuted his sentence. However, the former president refused calls to pardon him. At the time, Bush said that “neither Mr. Libby nor anyone else has been charged with violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act or the Espionage Act, which were the original subjects of the investigation.”
Bush added that the district court rejected advice from the probation office which recommended a lighter sentence, and said in a statement.
“I respect the jury’s verdict. But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive,” Bush said, going on to say that the commutation “leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby,” that “the reputation he gained through his years of public service and professional work in the legal community is forever damaged,” and that “the consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant, and private citizen will be long-lasting.”
Libby resigned from his White House position in 2005 right after he was indicted.
Should this pardon go through, it would not be the first time Trump has infuriated liberals with a pardon. Last summer, Trump caused an uproar when he pardoned Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for a criminal contempt of court conviction.
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