The White House also said that Libby's past government service and his record since his conviction have been "similarly unblemished, and he continues to be held in high regard by his colleagues and peers".
Trump issued an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) to I.
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide, was convicted of obstruction and lying to investigators.
Libby was found responsible in 2007 of lying and obstructing an investigation into who blew the cover of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame. Another twist is that the special counsel, Patrick Fitzgerald, was appointed by James Comey, deputy attorney general at the time.
Earlier on Friday, Trump took to Twitter to blast former FBI Director James Comey as a "leaker" and a "liar".
Trump released a statement through the White House that he did not personally know Libby but that the man had been treated unfairly. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison, but former President George W. Bush commuted that sentence, stopping short of giving him a full-fledged pardon. The next year, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals unanimously reinstated Mr. Libby to the bar, reauthorizing him to practice law.
It's unclear whether Trump is sending a message or not to individuals involved in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. Mr. Libby, also disbarred, was forced to wait more than a decade for justice to prevail. "Mr. Trump has repeatedly complained that the special counsel investigation into possible cooperation between his campaign and Russian Federation in 2016 has gone too far and amounts to an unfair "witch hunt," The New York Times said. Trump did not care that the Arpaio pardon was condemned even by Republicans, for it showcased that he had more authority than the party itself.
Flynn, Manafort, Kushner and others now know that they don't have to worry about not answering truthfully special counsel Robert Mueller's questions because a Trump pardon will prevent them from spending any time in jail.
Ms Plame said a pardon would send a message "that you can commit crimes against national security and you will be pardoned". Last year, he pardoned Joe Arpaio, a former Arizona sheriff who campaigned for Trump, less than a month after he was convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving racial profiling. "I'm sure Libby's happy to have it, but the audience here is [former Trump campaign chairman] Paul Manafort, [Trump's personal lawyer] Michael Cohen, and a slew of other people who can incriminate Trump".
In summation to the jury, notes the Journal, Mr. Fitzgerald had called Ms. Millers testimony critical. Ms. Miller, the Journal adds, says that the prosecutor twice told her lawyer that he would drop all charges against Mr. Libby if he offered evidence against Mr. Cheney.
Senator Gardner placed a hold on Department of Justice nominees until he confirmed that Colorado's rights would not be infringed. Gardner met with Sessions in January shortly after that, but no discernible actions came from the meeting.
This makes it easier than ever to share your trip, so loved ones can follow along and know when you've arrived. Annual reruns: In the past, Uber conducted background check reruns in jurisdictions where required.
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Minaj premiered the tracks on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show earlier today, where she also announced a new as-yet-untitled album. Here's what she said about it and Nicki during the awkward interview: "I spoke to her before, I saw her in person before".
He plans on re-signing with the Warriors in a deal that will undoubtedly make up for the pay cut he took this past summer. As detailed by ESPN cap expert Bobby Marks, there are three options Durant could pursue when restructuring his deal.
No new California National Guard troops have been sent to the border , according to Evan Westrup, a spokesman for Democratic Gov. It's unclear what operations or missions troops will perform along the border that might require them to carry weapons.
Spotify is aware of this, and its data saver mode is the default bitrate setting when a user streams over a mobile connection. Currently, Spotify Premium costs subscribers $9.99 a month, while Hulu's limited-commercial plan costs $7.99 a month.
Mr Jeeves's white Vauxhall Astra van was found burnt out and destroyed in Star Lane in Orpington, Kent, on Saturday evening. Both men then apparently attempted a getaway, but Vincent collapsed nearby on Further Green Road.
Everything you need to know about the Gmail redesign
In the past, Google has said user privacy is worth just $25 and that Gmail users don't have legitimate privacy concerns. This measure is one of the new and serious security measures for emails Google wants to implement.
Pompeo Grilled By Cory Booker Over Views On Gay Marriage
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Ryan US House Speaker announces retirement
The 48-year-old has held the position of speaker since the retirement of former House Speaker John Boehner in 2015. His campaign has support from the national party, and it said it raised US$4.75 million through the end of March.
There's bad news about PlayStation 5 launch
Also in the report is word that the PS5 will play games that do not run on PS4, so this sounds like it could be a big step up. Earlier this year , it was also speculated that the future PlayStation console would move to more "procedural content".
Shakib stars in Sunrisers win
Williamson joined the party by hitting six off Unadkat in the fourth over as they took Sunrisers to fifty-run mark in 5.3 overs. Match Predictions - SunRisers Hyderabad has 20 out of 30 matches played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.
US Republicans preside over mammoth budget blowout
CBO also projects 3.3 percent GDP growth in 2018 and 2.4 percent in 2019 - both higher estimates than CBO forecast previous year . The US budget deficit is set to top $1 trillion (£705bn) by 2020 - levels not seen since the financial crash and World War II.
Jawan killed, civiian injured in Kulgam encounter
The police official said that the gunbattle broke out between the militants and security forces in the early hours today. Sources said the stone-pelting, which helped terrorists flee, was so intense that security forces had to retreat.