Santa Fe's Plame, Wilson blast Trump over Libby pardon

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Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, whose Central Intelligence Agency agent wife's cover was leaked in 2003, blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I'd only rejoin Pacific trade pact if deal was "substantially better" GOP unveils mock cover of Comey book with "ego" attack NY Daily News cover hits Trump over Comey book revelations MORE on Friday as "vile and despicable" after he pardoned I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

But if Trump did pardon Libby to send a political message, former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara said Sunday that he thought that would be "kind of abusive".

Libby, who served as Cheney's chief of staff, was convicted in 2007 of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements.

Libby, who was initially sentenced to 30 months in prison, had his sentence commuted by President Bush, he was not granted any sort of pardon - despite allegations that Vice President Cheney lobbied on his behalf. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders noted in a statement on the pardon that Libby still paid a $250,000 fine and performed 400 hours of community service.

Among the allies from the Bush administration who have argued that he was treated unfairly is John R. Bolton, an ally of Mr. Cheney's who served as Mr. The one he has received politicizes national security.

Others feel that the timing of the pardon could be a middle finger to former FBI Director James Comey, who just released a stinging book criticizing President Trump.

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Special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald led the case that led to Libby's conviction.

"Given how many thousands of people are out there - and my office used to process these requests on a regular basis - how many thousands of people are out there who may have been prosecuted in a way that was over aggressive, where charges were piled on, who want to get on with their lives in a way that maybe the President can help by issuing a pardon - none of those people have gotten a pardon", he said.

"This is definitely not about me; it is absolutely not about Scooter Libby". Fitzgerald is a longtime friend and colleague of James B. Comey, the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director whose new memoir paints a scathing portrait of Trump's character and conduct in office.

According to the White House, there are no current plans to offer pardons over the Russian Federation investigation.

Plame told MSNBC on Friday that the pardon said more about the president and those around him than her or Libby.