Trump issues pardon to Scooter Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President 
Cheney

By John Wagner, Matt Zapotosky and Joshua Dawsey April 13 at 1:39 PM Email the 
author

President Trump on Friday issued a pardon to Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a former 
chief of staff to Vice President Richard B. Cheney who was convicted of perjury 
and obstruction of justice in connection with the leak of a CIA officer’s 
identity.

“I don’t know Mr. Libby,” Trump said in a statement, “but for years I have 
heard that he has been treated  unfairly. Hopefully, this full pardon will help 
rectify a very sad portion of his life.”

In a statement explaining Trump’s action, the White House noted that in 2015 
one of the key witnesses against Libby had recanted her testimony, among other 
factors.

The White House also said that Libby’s record since his conviction had been 
“unblemished, and he continues to be held in high regard by his colleagues and 
peers.”

Libby was convicted of four felonies in 2007 for perjury before a grand jury, 
lying to FBI investigators and obstruction of justice during an investigation 
into the disclosure of the work of Valerie Plame Wilson, a former covert CIA 
agent and the wife of former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV.

Libby was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000, but his sentence 
was commuted by then-President George W. Bush. Although spared prison time, 
Libby was not pardoned.

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