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Thu Apr 12, 2018, 08:38 PM

President Trump poised to pardon Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, sources say

Source: ABCNews

President Trump poised to pardon Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, sources say

By JONATHAN KARL, KATHERINE FAULDERS JOHN SANTUCCI Apr 12, 2018, 9:12 PM ET

[quote]President Donald Trump is poised to pardon Scooter J. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, according to sources familiar with the presidentís thinking.

The president has already signed off on the pardon, which is something he has been considering for several months, sources told ABC News.

The move would mark another controversial pardon for Trump and could raise questions as an increasing number of the presidentís political allies have landed themselves in legal jeopardy. The White House has repeatedly said that no pardons are currently on the table for people caught up in the Russia investigation.[/quote]

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-trump-poised-pardon-scooter-libby-dick-cheneys/story?id=54433032

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Reply President Trump poised to pardon Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, sources say (Original post)
Chicago1980 Apr 2018 OP
TeamPooka Apr 2018 #1
Enoki33 Apr 2018 #3
rwsanders Apr 2018 #10
SCantiGOP Apr 2018 #24
Loki Liesmith Apr 2018 #27
forgotmylogin Apr 2018 #2
Mr.Bill Apr 2018 #4
CincyDem Apr 2018 #5
Seedersandleechers Apr 2018 #6
TheSmarterDog Apr 2018 #7
Solly Mack Apr 2018 #8
elmac Apr 2018 #14
Solly Mack Apr 2018 #17
procon Apr 2018 #20
Solly Mack Apr 2018 #21
LastLiberal in PalmSprings Apr 2018 #25
Solly Mack Apr 2018 #26
LeftInTX Apr 2018 #28
dchill Apr 2018 #29
sandensea Apr 2018 #9
groundloop Apr 2018 #11
Crutchez_CuiBono Apr 2018 #15
dhill926 Apr 2018 #12
Bernardo de La Paz Apr 2018 #13
Marie Marie Apr 2018 #16
ewagner Apr 2018 #33
yallerdawg Apr 2018 #18
procon Apr 2018 #19
dchill Apr 2018 #30
yourmovemonkey Apr 2018 #22
rickford66 Apr 2018 #23
chelsea0011 Apr 2018 #31
wishstar Apr 2018 #32
NCjack Apr 2018 #34

Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 08:39 PM

1. Which Republican Party stalwatrs is trump trying to win over with this move? nt

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 08:43 PM

3. Think he is preparing the ground for the flood of pardons to follow.

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 08:51 PM

10. someone connected to Cheney. This doesn't bode well...

someone like trump licking cheney's boots

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Response to rwsanders (Reply #10)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 10:18 PM

24. Its a message to Manafort

ďIf Iíll reach back more than a decade to pardon an obviously guilty guy you know Iíll take care of you.Ē

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #24)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 11:09 PM

27. Wont work

State charges

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 08:43 PM

2. He's experimentally warmin' up the button!

He wants to know what paperwork is involved.

And...we remember Scooter Libby...but the general populace probably doesn't. This would cause a brouhah on network and cable news and wipe him out of the headlines for a day or so.

Smoooooookscreeeeeeen.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 08:43 PM

4. What position will he take in the White House?

That's the question. The next Chief of staff?

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 08:43 PM

5. Convicted of lying to "Mueller's FBI"...see...ya just can't trust that Mueller guy...



aside from taking the spotlight from Comey's book, this is training the base (and near base) to accept these pardons as "everyday business".

f'ck 'em all.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 08:45 PM

6. What a stupid dumb fuck!

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 08:46 PM

7. Way to get the CIA on your side, Donnie.

 

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 08:48 PM

8. A Libby pardon would please Cheney, and other neocons, so what does Trump get in return?

Yes, it could be nothing more than preparing to hand out more pardons re: Mueller investigation.

But the choice of Libby...Might mean something as well.


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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 09:00 PM

14. its payback for cheney kissing tRumps ass nt

 

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Response to elmac (Reply #14)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 09:01 PM

17. That could be the all of it.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 09:04 PM

20. Maybe a new Chief of Staff? nt

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Response to procon (Reply #20)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 09:13 PM

21. I'd laugh but...well.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 10:59 PM

25. It sets a precedent for pardoning people who have lied to the FBI and obstructed justice.

He's just taking a warm up pitch before the Main Event. When the Libby pardon is finally announced, watch him tweet about how wronged Scooter had been by the corrupt FBI and DOJ.

NO COLLUSION!

BTW, who names their kid "Scooter"?

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Response to LastLiberal in PalmSprings (Reply #25)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 11:03 PM

26. Probably scooted about on his ass like a dog with a blocked anal gland when he was a toddler.

No one thought to do something about it and that's why he grew up to be just another full of shit republican.

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Response to LastLiberal in PalmSprings (Reply #25)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 11:32 PM

28. I agree!!

I don't think his real name is Scooter.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #28)

Fri Apr 13, 2018, 12:50 AM

29. It's Irve Lewis Libby.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 08:51 PM

9. Just as well. Why convict the gofer, while the ringleaders walk free.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 08:54 PM

11. "he has been considering for several months"..... I call bullshit

45* (aka Spanky) can't think about ANYTHING for more than a few minutes, and is well known to act on impulse with little thought involved. Someone suggested this move and Spanky's gut told him to run with it.

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Response to groundloop (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 09:00 PM

15. That's about right I think.

He's been going to Russia for 30 years. the piss tape is the edge of the wave. This guy serves himself...always.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 08:57 PM

12. hmm....not The Onion....

mercy....fool me once....

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 08:57 PM

13. Remind Orange Cheezus & Scooter that accepting a pardon is Admitting GUILT. . . . nt

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 09:01 PM

16. Were Bolton and Cheney buds?

They seem to come from the same club but I don't remember how chummy they were.

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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #16)

Fri Apr 13, 2018, 07:32 AM

33. good question...n/t

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 09:03 PM

18. He's not real fond of either Bush.

Given his sociopathic vindictiveness, this could be a long festering itch he just got around to scratching.

Whatever is disclosed about this, you just know it's going to be vile.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 09:03 PM

19. Testing. Testing. Testing.

Trump wants to pardon Libby who was convicted on many on the same charges that Manafort and flynn have been charged with. This looks like a test balloon to see what kind of a blitzkrieg of criticisms Trump will face if he does. Why now? Maybe Trump will soon need a new Chief of Staff.

Doesn't Libby's case look familiar to Flynn and Manafort?

"Pursuant to the grand jury leak investigation, Libby was convicted on March 6, 2007, on four counts of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements. He was acquitted of one count of making false statements. Libby was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000."


Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller of "willfully and knowingly" making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the FBI.


Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager has been charged with conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, obstruction of justice, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading Foreign Agent Registration Act statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.

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Response to procon (Reply #19)

Fri Apr 13, 2018, 12:51 AM

30. Also because bad FBI. VERY bad! And SAD!!

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 09:20 PM

22. The reason Bush II didn't pardon Libby back then

was that Libby had lied to protect Cheney. A pardon would have removed Libby's right to plead the 5th. He would have been compelled to tell the truth and implicate his bosses. Libby fell on his sword (and lost his license to practice law) to protect Cheney and Bush II.

This seems less like a favor than a threat aimed at Cheney and Bush.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 10:15 PM

23. No mention of treason.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2018, 03:45 AM

31. Was Pompeo asked about this? It would be interesting to hear how the head

of the CIA thinks about outing an agent. Interesting in only watching him squirm to come up with an answer.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2018, 06:28 AM

32. Pardoning the only Fitzmas indictments while we are waiting for more Mueller indictments



sends clear message that lying to FBI and obstructing justice in an investigation of Repub WH is okay and pardonable with Trump

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2018, 09:49 AM

34. Next week's news: Trump pardons the Rosenbergs -- regrets their executions. Putin

sends red roses to White House.

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