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"Scooter" Lewis Libby, the ex-chief of staff for former Vice President Dick Cheney who was convicted of perjury (among other things) in 2007. "I am grateful today that President Trump righted this wrong by issuing a full pardon to Scooter", Cheney said in a statement.

Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, on Friday. In a twist, the special counsel in Libby's case, Patrick Fitzgerald, was appointed by James Comey, deputy attorney general at the time. Like Trump, Libby had also been investigated by James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director that Trump had fired and is now releasing a tell-all about Trump's administration.

There's a case for pardoning Libby, but Trump wasn't interested in making it. In its announcement, the White House said that my recantation of my testimony had helped persuade the president that Libby had been treated unfairly. After the commutation, Libby paid a $250,000 fine, performed 400 hours of community service, and served two years of probation, according to the White House.

A spokesman for Bush said the former president was "very pleased" for Libby and his family.

"I chose to go back and correct the record in my own book, which I did, and when Scooter Libby was given his law license back a year and a half ago, the judge specifically cited my testimony, the recantation of my testimony, as one of the factors in his decision".

Still others view it as an ominous sign as indictments continue to grow in Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

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Flynn, Manafort, Kushner and others now know that they don't have to worry about not answering truthfully special counsel Robert Mueller's questions because a Trump pardon will prevent them from spending any time in jail. "Mr. Trump has repeatedly complained that the special counsel investigation into possible cooperation between his campaign and Russian Federation in 2016 has gone too far and amounts to an unfair "witch hunt," The New York Times said. While Mr. Fitzgerald prepared her, she recalls, his pointed queries led her to believe that a four-word question regarding Joseph Wilson surrounded by parentheses in her notebook-"(wife works in Bureau?)"-proved that Mr. Libby had told her about Ms. Plame's Central Intelligence Agency employment in a June 23, 2003, conversation (well before Mr. Libby's phone conversation with Russert). House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement, "This pardon sends a troubling signal to the president's allies that obstructing justice will be rewarded".

"Suffice to say, he's thrilled", she said of Libby, who she said had just gotten out of an MRI. He granted one a year ago to former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was awaiting sentencing for contempt of court.

Sanders noted that a federal appeals court reinstated Libby's bar membership to practice law in 2016 "after being presented with credible evidence in support of his version of events - and it appears that a key prosecution witness had changed her recollections".

"In light of these facts, the President believes Mr. Libby is fully worthy of this pardon". Trump has called that probe a "witch hunt".

NPR political reporter Jessica Taylor contributed.