The New York Times: “For months, President Trump has railed against investigators and presented himself as the target of an unfair prosecution.
So when he was asked to pardon former Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, who likewise considered himself the target of an unfair prosecution, Mr. Trump may have seen some parallels — and a chance to make a statement.”
Nicole Lafond: “Valerie Plame, the former CIA operative at the center of the case against [Libby], said Friday morning that President Donald Trump’s impending decision to pardon the aide … was about no one but Donald Trump.“
Said Plame, “What he’s putting out there is the idea that you can pardon people for serious crimes against national security. I think he has an audience of three, perhaps more. That would be Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn and Jared Kushner.”
“She said the ‘message’ being sent is ‘you can commit perjury and I will pardon you if it protects me and I deem that you are loyal to me.'”