The media is widely reporting that Trump plans on pardoning Scooter Libby, whose sentence was commuted by Bush 43 but not pardoned:
THE HILL – President Trump is expected to pardon Scooter Libby, the former chief of staff to then-Vice President Dick Cheney, ABC News reported Thursday.
The president has reportedly already signed off on the pardon for Libby, who was convicted in 2007 for lying to the FBI and obstructing justice in the investigation into who leaked the identity of ex-CIA agent Valerie Plame.
Multiple people claimed that Libby leaked Plame’s identity to them after he had publicly stated he was not the source of the information.
Former President George W. Bush commuted Libby’s subsequent 30-month prison sentence, but did not pardon him.
Libby would mark Trump’s second pardon of a controversial figure since he took office.
If you remember, Libby wasn’t the one who actually leaked Valerie Plame’s name in the first place:
Richard Armitage, not Scooter Libby, leaked Plame’s name to Novak. https://t.co/uyFPh4Scvk— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) April 13, 2018
A Buzzfeed reporter suggested if Trump is really considering this, it’s not going through the normal ‘pardon’ process:
Update: There is no petition seeking a pardon for Scooter Libby on file with the Justice Department’s Pardon Attorney, a DOJ spokesperson tells me. This means that if it is being considered, it is not going through the normal process.— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) April 13, 2018
10 years ago, Bill Kristol made the case for pardoning Libby. You can read that here.