Special counsel investigations are witch hunts.
And as President, Donald Trump has the power to bring them to a close.
Trump did exactly that with one pardon that left Washington speechless.
Scooter Libby was the victim of the most abusive special prosecutor investigations in history.
Pat Fitzgerald ran a four year fishing expedition into the Bush administration from 2003 to 2007 to discover the identity of who leaked CIA officer Valerie Plame’s name to the late columnist Robert Novak.
Plame’s work for the CIA was no secret – her name was listed in Who’s Who, and she was not an undercover officer for years.
But the media and Democrats wanted a pound of flesh because her husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson wrote an op-ed critical of the Bush administration’s case for WMD in Iraq in 2003.
Libby – an aide to Dick Cheney – was convicted on charges of perjury, making false statements and obstruction of justice in 2005.
This happened despite Fitzgerald knowing within weeks of his appointment in 2003 that Colin Power deputy Richard Armitage – an ardent opponent of the Iraq war – was the individual who gave Plame’s name to Novak.
Trump brought this sorry episode to a close with a pardon.
“President Donald Trump on Friday pardoned Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney who was caught up in the investigation into the leak of the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame.
“I don’t know Mr. Libby,” Trump said in a statement, adding, “but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly. Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life.”
Libby came under scrutiny in connection with the leak in 2003 of the identity of Plame, who had worked undercover overseas and was married to a prominent George W. Bush administration critic, Joseph Wilson. Libby was never charged with leaking, but was indicted in 2005 on charges of obstruction of justice, perjury and making false statements to investigators, largely for denying his contacts with the media about Plame.”
Trump supporters hope this is a preview of things to come.
He could theoretically shut down the Mueller probe and investigations in his private dealings with attorney Michael Cohen by pardoning everyone.
George H.W. Bush did something similar when he ended the 6 year long Iran Contra investigation with pardons before he left office in 1993.
Do you think Donald Trump should follow the same course action?
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