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Trump to Pardon Former Cheney Aide Scooter Libby over Perjury Charges

HeadlineApr 13, 2018
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ABC News reports President Trump has signed off on a presidential pardon for Scooter Libby, who served as chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney. In 2007, Libby was convicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice after he lied to FBI agents and a federal grand jury over who blew the cover of CIA agent Valerie Plame, after Plame’s husband, Joseph Wilson, criticized the Iraq War. President George W. Bush immediately commuted Libby’s 30-month prison sentence for his role in the leak, but did not grant him a full pardon. Trump’s reported pardon of Libby raises the prospect of similar pardons for former Trump campaign officials, including Michael Flynn and Rick Gates, who’ve secured plea deals after lying to FBI agents carrying out special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

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