President Donald Trump plans to pardon I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, reports say

Mary Altaffer  AP FILE

Mary Altaffer AP FILE

According to ABC News, the president has already signed off on a pardon for Libby and has been considering it for several months. CNN also carried the report, citing a White House official.

But federal law bars the disclosure of the identities of Central Intelligence Agency officials in certain circumstances and the leak prompted a special prosecutor investigation.

Early in his term, Trump pardoned controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio after he was found guilty in July on criminal contempt charges stemming from his refusal to stop imprisoning suspected undocumented immigrants.

Libby was handed a 30-month prison sentence for perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements to investigators in 2007.

President George W. Bush commuted Libby's jail sentence before leaving office but did not pardon him, a decision that infuriated Cheney. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Libby was not accused of blowing Plame's cover, but of lying during the subsequent inquiry.

A pardon of Mr Libby would paradoxically put Mr Trump in the position of absolving one of the chief architects of the Iraq War, which Mr Trump has denounced as a catastrophic miscalculation. - AFPUS President Donald Trump arrives for the Easter service at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida April 1, 2018.

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