Former CIA Valerie Plame : “Scooter Libby Pardon Is Not About Me”

“It has nothing to do with Libby, and it has nothing to do with me. Libby’s problem was with the Justice Department. He was indicted, tried and convicted on obstruction of justice and perjury charges for basically violating the national security of the United States of America. Now he’s being pardoned for it, which suggests of course that Mr. Trump is willing to allow people to violate the essence of our defense structure, our national security, our intelligence apparatus and essentially get away with it.”

Former U.S. ambassador Joseph Wilson

“The President’s ad hoc use of the pardon power is concerning enough. But the possibility that he may also be sending a message to witnesses in a criminal investigation into his campaign is extremely dangerous. In the United States of America, no one is above the law.”

US Senator Mark Warner (May 31 2018)

Ambassador Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame arrive at the premier of Fair Game in LA in 2010

When Valerie Plame Wilson reported that her husband had found no evidence of the sale of uranium from Niger to Iraq, it marked the first event in the protracted and well-documented saga that led to the illegal release of Valerie Plame-Wilson’s classified identity by former State Department official Richard Armitage and the conviction of former Vice President Chief of Staff Scooter Libby. And now, out of the blue, President Trump has decided to pardon Lewis “Scooter” Libby. Why? Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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Nobody was charged with blowing her cover, but Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Cheney’s former chief of staff, was found guilty of lying and obstructing the investigation.

His sentence included a $250,000 fine, 30 months in prison and two years of probation. On July 2, 2007, President George W. Bush commuted Libby’s sentence, removing the jail term but leaving in place the fine and probation.

Valerie Plame condemned the pardon as “very damaging to our democracy and the rule of law.”

“It’s not about me, it’s absolutely not about ‘Scooter’ Libby,” she said.

“It’s about Donald Trump and his future,” Plame told MSNBC. “It’s very clear that this is a message he is sending that you can commit crimes against national security and you will be pardoned.”

Joseph Wilson’s comments to HuffPost

“It has nothing to do with Libby, and it has nothing to do with me. Libby’s problem was with the Justice Department. He was indicted, tried and convicted on obstruction of justice and perjury charges for basically violating the national security of the United States of America.

Now he’s being pardoned for it, which suggests of course that Mr. Trump is willing to allow people to violate the essence of our defense structure, our national security, our intelligence apparatus and essentially get away with it.

Tactically, I think it was a very interesting political move because he’s suddenly rallied all the neoconservatives to come out of their rocks and once again be at the forefront of American military adventurism. To wit, the reappearance of John Bolton as national security adviser. As to Joe DiGenova and Victoria Toensing, I think they just demonstrate once again what comedians they are on the stage that is now Washington D.C.

Finally, as to Trump, he is a vile and despicable individual. He represents the repudiation of everything that my generation has worked to secure for our nation and its people. I find him utterly unacceptable as president.”

Valerie Plame’s statement

President Donald Trump has granted a pardon to I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby on the basis that he was “treated unfairly.”

That is simply false. Libby was convicted of obstruction of justice and perjury in a fair trial. President George W. Bush closely reviewed the facts in the case at the behest of Vice President Dick Cheney, who urged a pardon.

Both the President and the Vice President willingly testified themselves.

President Bush declined to issue a pardon, stating “I respect the jury’s verdict.”

He added, “And if a person does not tell the truth, particularly if he serves in government and holds the public trust, he must be held accountable.”

President’s Trump’s pardon is not based on the truth.

Former CIA Valerie Plame : “Scooter Libby Pardon Is Not About Me”

REFERENCES

Valerie Plame rips Scooter Libby pardon: It’s ‘not based on the truth’ — The Hill

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Former CIA Valerie Plame : “Scooter Libby Pardon Is Not About Me”

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