Valerie Plame denounces potential Libby pardon

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Libby was given a 30-month prison sentence but refused a full pardon from President Bush, and the New York Times said that refusal soured their relationship.

Not long after, Joe Wilson's wife, an undercover Central Intelligence Agency operative named Valerie Plame, had her name leaked to the press - completely blowing her cover (and thus basically her entire career) and potentially putting her and her sources in danger. Libby, chief of staff to Cheney during the run-up and early years of the Iraq war, was found guilty in 2007 of lying and obstructing an investigation into who blew the cover of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame. The next year, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals unanimously reinstated Mr. Libby to the bar, reauthorizing him to practice law. "Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life".

In announcing his decision, President Trump said that he did not know Libby, but that "for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly". He is innocent, and he and his family have suffered for years because of his wrongful conviction.

Mr. Fitzgerald, who had the classified file of Ms. Plame's service, withheld her State Department cover from Ms. Miller-and from Mr. Libby's lawyers, who had requested Ms. Plame's employment history. The Libby pardon coincided with the arrival in the White House of John Bolton as Trump's new national security adviser. Another twist is that the special counsel, Patrick Fitzgerald, was appointed by James Comey, deputy attorney general at the time. "To his great credit, President Trump recognized this wrong and would not let it persist".

Even the Libby pardon arrived hours following rsquo & Trump;Twitter attack against Comey s morning.

Fitzgerald denied that Libby's prosecution was unjust.

Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson called Trump a "vile and despicable individual."

Comey later became head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation but was sacked by Trump in 2017 and has since written a book highly critical of the president. Because after leaving jail and investigating the case, I unearthed information that convinced me not only that my testimony was in error, but that Libby was the victim of an overzealous prosecutor whose investigation should have ended before it began.

The book also makes a few digs at Trump's appearance, joking about the president's hand size and describing "bright white half-moons" under his eyes that he suggests came from tanning goggles. That left the decision on how to proceed to Comey. Libby had pleaded not guilty to all charges. Nor would he say why he pursued Libby after learning early on that the source of the leak was not Libby, but Richard Armitage, an aide to Secretary of State Colin Powell, who had argued against the war.

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