With “Scooter” Libby Pardon, Trump Sends A Dangerous Message

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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.'”

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  1. Speaking of Trump and pardons . . . President Donald Trump is poised to pardon Scooter J. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, according to sources familiar with the president’s thinking. The president has already signed off on the pardon, which is something he has been considering for several months, sources told ABC News. . . . If this happens, Scooter loses his 5th amendment privilege. It”s been ten years since Scooter”s trial, and so the statute of limitations may have passed on all kinds of stuff, but is there anything for which Scooter”s testimony might be important that isn”t past the SOL? Of course, that would imply that there”s any inclination in the DOJ leadership to pursue the Plame matter, which is not a statement that assumes facts not in evidence but goes so far as to ignore facts that are in evidence. But if either house of the US Congress changes hands in January 2019, I could imagine one or more committees wanting to have a word with our old pal.

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