Libby was sentenced to 30 months in jail, although Bush commuted Libby's sentence, who was still forced to pay a $250,000 fine and remain on probation for two years.
Libby had been convicted of perjury in the investigation into who leaked the identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame.
Liz Cheney is a daughter of the former vice president. "For years, I have heard that he has been treated unfairly", the president said in a statement. Hopefully, this full pardon may definitely help a part of his entire life.
Cheney issued a statement to reporters after Trump announced the pardon: "Scooter Libby is one of the most capable, principled, and honorable men I have ever known".
It turns out, moreover, that Mr. Cheney was wrongly convicted.
"I don't know Mr. Libby", Trump said in a statement issued by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, "but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly". She says Trump issued the pardon because he "thought it was the right thing to do". He said Friday through a spokesman that he was "very pleased" by the pardon.
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The meeting will take place next Thursday (April 19) during Ms Ardern's trip to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. The government said that "no current jobs" would be lost, as it was "honoring all agreements with current permit holders".
Former ambassador Joe Wilson and his wife, former Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame railed against President Trump Friday after he pardoned Lewis "Scooter" Libby-a onetime aide to Vice President Dick Cheney.
Neither the White House nor Trump himself have ruled out pardons for campaign aides indicted in the Russian Federation investigation, though have insisted that no pardons are now being considered. To the vice president and others in his orbit, Libby's conviction was the product of an overzealous special prosecutor and a liberal Washington jury - a "witch-hunt", as numerous conservative commentators wrote.
Why didn't Bush pardon Libby? Another twist is that the special counsel in Libby's case, Patrick Fitzgerald, was appointed by James Comey, deputy attorney general at the time.
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. His 2003 New York Times op-ed undermined Bush's claim that Iraq's former President Saddam Hussein had purchased materials needed for a nuclear weapon from Africa.
Trump pardoned Libby in a case that dealt with leaks to the press despite the fact that he has raged against press leaks and excoriated "leakers" throughout his presidency. It's absolutely not about Scooter Libby. President's Trump's pardon is not based on the truth. As to Joe DiGenova and Victoria Toensing, I think they just demonstrate once again what comedians they are on the stage that is now Washington D.C.
People loyal to Libby have recently come into Trump's inner circle, including former Bush administration official John Bolton, who now serves as Trump's national security adviser. He issued one a year ago to former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was awaiting sentencing for contempt of court.