WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump formally pardoned I. “Scooter” Lewis Libby Friday, the former chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney who was convicted in 2007 of perjury and lying to federal investigators.
“I don’t know Mr. Libby,” Trump said in a statement. “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.”
Libby’s convictions came during a special counsel investigation during the Bush administration over former CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity being leaked to the press.
In 2007, George W. Bush commuted Libby’s 30-month prison sentence but stopped short of a full pardon, despite a push from Cheney and others within his circle.
As a result, Libby ultimately paid $250,000 in fines, spent two years on probation and fulfilled 400 hours of community service.
In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders cited journalist Judith Miller’s claims that she was induced to provide false testimony as well as Libby’s “unblemished” life after conviction as reasons the president moved forward with the pardon.