It could hardly be more obvious that Trump's pardon of Libby is created to send the message that he is prepared to pardon those charged with (and even convicted of) making false statements in connection with the Russian Federation "collusion" matter. Given the timing, and given the familiar details of the Libby case, Trump's reason for doing so seems obvious: He wanted to send a very clear message that he is perfectly willing to pardon government officials who stay loyal to the president in the face of Bob Mueller's investigation. Cheney was angered by Bush's decision, telling the president that he had left a soldier on the battlefield in the wake of the partisan investigation of the leak of Central Intelligence Agency operative Valarie Plame's name publicly to the media.
"Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life", Trump said.
Libby was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000, but his sentence was commuted by Bush.
In 2016, the District of Columbia reinstated Libby's license.
After the pardon, Libby expressed his gratitude to Trump, according to CNN.
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To be sure, today's media see all sorts of ulterior motives in Mr. Trump's action, calling it a shot across the bow and a warning to the special counsel, Robert Mueller, pursuing him.
Sanders beat back questions that Trump's pardon was sending a message to those witnesses who might by cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.
White House aides mentioned which Trump fumed more than Federal Bureau of Investigation raids related to the evaluation on Monday of this office at dwelling Michael Cohen, of the personal lawyer.
Even with President Bush's commutation, for years, Libby was without many of his civil rights.
The thing is, Mr. Trump is unlikely to be able to use his pardon power to get out of his legal jam.
Trump used his pardon authority a year ago when he pardoned Joe Arpaio, a controversial sheriff in Arizona who had been convicted of criminal contempt related to his hard-line tactics going after undocumented immigrants. His record since his conviction is similarly unblemished, and he continues to be held in high regard by his colleagues and peers.
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.
NPR political reporter Jessica Taylor contributed.