REPORT: Trump To Pardon Leaker Scooter Libby

The Associated Press reports:

President Donald Trump plans to pardon I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a person familiar with the president’s decision. The person said the announcement could come as early as Friday. The person, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the decision ahead of its public announcement and demanded anonymity, said the pardon has been under consideration at the White House for months.

Libby, who served as Cheney’s chief of staff, was convicted in 2007 of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to FBI investigators. The case stemmed from a probe into the leak of the covert identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame, though no one was charged for the leak. The Libby case has been criticized by conservatives, who argue he was the victim of an overly zealous and politically motivated prosecution by a special counsel.

President George W. Bush commuted Libby’s 30 month sentence in 2007. In his memoir, Bush wrote that Cheney “lashed out” at him privately for not granting Libby a full pardon.