Former Vice President Dick Cheney applauded President Donald Trump for pardoning his former top aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby, saying the move “righted” a “wrongful conviction.”
Scooter Libby is “one of the most capable, principled, and honorable men I have ever known,” Cheney said in a statement following the news on Friday. “He is innocent, and he and his family have suffered for years because of his wrongful conviction.”
“I am grateful today that President Trump righted this wrong by issuing a full pardon to Scooter, and I am thrilled for Scooter and his family,” the former VP added.
Trump officially issued a pardon for Libby on Friday, who was convicted of obstructing justice and perjury charges back in 2007 surrounding an investigation into the leak of former CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity.
Libby was convicted in a case headed up by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, leading some to believe Trump’s abrupt pardoning may have been a signal to special counsel Robert Mueller or even those in the crosshairs of the Russia probe.
“On the day the President wrongly attacks Comey for being a ‘leaker and liar’ he considers pardoning a convicted leaker and liar, Scooter Libby,” Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) tweeted shortly after news broke about the president’s pardon:
On the day the President wrongly attacks Comey for being a “leaker and liar” he considers pardoning a convicted leaker and liar, Scooter Libby. This is the President’s way of sending a message to those implicated in the Russia investigation: You have my back and I‘ll have yours.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 13, 2018
In a statement regarding the pardon, Trump said that while he didn’t know Libby “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,” he said.