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Trump's pardon of Scooter Libby sends a 'troubling signal' to the Mueller investigation
Business Insider4/13/2018 2:57:47 PM

Associated Press/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

  • President Donald Trump on Friday pardoned Scooter Libby, a Bush administration official who was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice.
  • Critics immediately seized on the pardon as evidence that Trump is signaling that pardons could be on the horizon for witnesses who don't fully cooperate in the Russia investigation.
  • Top Trump officials even pointed out on Friday that they perceived Libby as "the victim of a special counsel gone amok."


President Donald Trump provoked outrage from critics on Friday when he pardoned former Bush administration official "Scooter" Libby and said in a statement that he did so because he heard Libby had been "treated unfairly" by the special prosecutor who investigated him.

Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted in 2007 of perjury and obstruction of justice related to leaked identity of Valerie Plame as a CIA operative.

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