Breaking news reports are coming in now that ex-Cheney aide Scooter Libby has been officially pardoned by President Trump:
JUST IN: Pres. Trump grants full pardon to Scooter Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) April 13, 2018
"For years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly," the president said. "Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life.” pic.twitter.com/JHtYTHmB6R
Via @PressSec "Today, President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) to I. “Scooter” Lewis Libby, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Richard Cheney, for convictions stemming from a 2007 trial." #Libby— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) April 13, 2018
White House makes it official, Scooter Libby gets his pardon. Trump: "I don’t know Mr. Libby, 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.”— Aamer Madhani (@AamerISmad) April 13, 2018
Here’s the White House statement so you can read it (click to enlarge):
Wow. That was incredibly fast, considering the news just broke on the potential pardon less than 24 hours ago.
UPDATE: Levin approves!
Good for President Trump. He’s going to pardon Scooter Libby, which George W. Bush, for whom he worked, refused to do. The prosecutor, Fitzgerald, was appointed by Comey and he's friends with Comey.
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) April 13, 2018
Scooter’s pardon lawyer Victoria Toensing — wife of Joe DiGenova —played a crucial role behind the scenes. https://t.co/ckmuM88Ith
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) April 13, 2018
UPDATE: Brit Hume approves as well!
Scooter Libby pardon is just. He was convicted of a dubious crime that didn’t happen until long after the Special Prosecutor had found out who had committed the leak that was the reason for the investigation. A great example of why Special Prosecutors/counsels are a bad idea.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) April 13, 2018