NEW YORK — Donald Trump would not say if he would pardon former George W. Bush White House official Lewis “Scooter” Libby. Trump said the question was “not pertinent,” but Valerie Plame’s response on Twitter to The Daily Caller’s question to Trump about Libby was, “My head is spinning.”
@DavidCornDC my head is spinning!
— Valerie Plame Wilson (@ValeriePlame) September 3, 2015
Libby was convicted in 2007 for obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury, and one count of making false statements.
The initial indictment came in 2005 when an investigation into the leak of classified information regarding then CIA officer Valerie Plame became public in a Robert Novak column.
Former Bush Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage revealed in 2006 to CBS News, well into the investigation, that he was the Novak’s source not Libby. No one was ever indicted for actually leaking Plame’s identity.
Libby was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $250,000. Additionally, he was he was slapped with two years supervised release and 400 hours of community service. Libby also lost his law license.
President Bush commuted Libby’s sentence, so his former staffer would not have to serve the 30 months in prison. The rest of the sentence remained.