Trump expected to pardon ex-Cheney aide 'Scooter' Libby

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President Trump issued a pardon Friday to former Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide, saying his 2007 conviction for obstructing the probe into the leaking of a Central Intelligence Agency operative's identity, saying the conviction now appears to be tainted. By pardoning Mr. Libby, Mr. Trump sends a message to those who might incriminate him in crimes related to conspiring with Russians to tamper with the election: The message is that he will rectify any sadness that protecting a president might cause.

Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson condemned Trump for pardoning Lewis "Scooter" Libby Friday.

Libby was convicted by a jury in 2007 of perjury, obstructing justice and making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation when he lied about leaking Plame's identity. During that time, he appointed a special counsel to prosecute a high-profile case that led to Libby's guilty verdict in 2007.

Comey, who was appointed FBI Director by Obama in 2013, was sacked by Trump in May 2017 amid a probe into the NY billionaire's ties to Russian Federation.

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Yaakov Amidror, a former Israeli national security adviser, said Iran has "an open issue with us" over the air base strike. Seven Iranian military personnel were killed at the T-4 facility, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported.

As Trump & rsquo; s new national security advisor the Libby pardon collaborated with the birth at the White House of John Bolton. "I don't know Mr. Libby", Trump said in a statement released by the White House press secretary.

"In 2015, one of the key witnesses against Mr. Libby recanted her testimony, stating publicly that she believes the prosecutor withheld relevant information from her during interviews that would have altered significantly what she said". Bush had commuted Libby's sentence but did not issue a full pardon. The next year, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals unanimously reinstated Mr. Libby to the bar, reauthorizing him to practice law.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said on Twitter that it "seems like [Trump's] sending a message to current WH staff anxious about investigation of Trump obstruction: 'Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours'".

"You want to betray your country, that's fine because Trump will pardon you if it suits his venal political interests", Wilson exclaimed.

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A lawyer representing a Yemeni human rights group filed a lawsuit Tuesday in France accusing Mohammed of complicity in torture. Seventy-five per cent of French people want Macron to suspend arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, a YouGov poll found.

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.

Hours later, the pardon for Libby, a convicted perjurer in an investigation initiated by Comey about leaking, was made public.

Fitzgerald denied that Libby's prosecution was unjust.

No such process appears to have occurred now to persuade Trump to issue a full pardon to "Mr. Libby", whose principal legacy, like that of so many in the Bush administration, was to promote a disastrous war on the basis of sketchy and even falsified claims. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement, "This pardon sends a troubling signal to the president's allies that obstructing justice will be rewarded". He issued one previous year to former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was awaiting sentencing for contempt of court. Mr Trump has called that probe a "witch hunt".

House speaker Paul Ryan reportedly says he won't seek re-election
More than 30 Republicans in the House and Senate have announced that they plan to leave Congress by the beginning of 2019. Ryan had made tax cuts a centerpiece of his legislative agenda, and Congress delivered on that late a year ago .

"I don't know Mr. Libby", Trump said.

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