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Trump reportedly plans to pardon Scooter Libby

Although no one was charged with the actual leak, Libby was convicted of lying to FBI investigators.

House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in an declaration, "This pardon sends a troubling sign to the president's allies that justice will be rewarded". Three years later, he was cleared to practice law again after the District of Columbia Court of Appeals reinstated him to the D.C. Bar.

Since then, the Libby case has been criticised by conservatives, who argue he was the victim of an overly zealous and politically motivated prosecution by a special counsel.

Libby was convicted in a case headed up by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, who was named by James Comey, then serving as a top Justice Department official.

Trump - who is now trying to deal with Mueller's investigation without the help of a White House communications director - has increasingly outsourced his messaging to Fox News.

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Libby expressed great appreciation to Trump saying "for over a dozen years we have suffered under the weight of a bad injustice". Trump has called that probe a "witch hunt".

Libby's attorneys, Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing, issued a statement thanking Trump for "addressing a gross injustice" they said was inflicted by Fitzgerald and Comey.

Wilson also said he finds Trump to be a "vile and despicable individual" who is "utterly unacceptable as president". Many believe that Libby took a fall to protect his boss, Vice President Dick Cheney.

Critics questioned the timing of the pardon. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Scooter Libby is now 67. "So one certainly suspects there's a message".

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Trump said he does not know Libby, but "for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly".

He said Trump "has given a blanket pardon essentially to this movement and he has invited them back into his administration to lead a charge back into war".

Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said earlier Friday that there was no current petition seeking a pardon on file with the DOJ's Office of Pardon Attorney. In pardoning Libby, Trump, who complains nearly daily about leaks, put himself in the peculiar position of pardoning a man convicted of involvement in a national-security leak.

Trump used his pardon authority past year when he pardoned Joe Arpaio, a controversial sheriff in Arizona who had been convicted of criminal contempt related to his hard-line tactics going after undocumented immigrants. Trump also pardoned a U.S. Navy sailor, who was convicted after taking photos of classified portions of a submarine.

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