Sarah Sanders Defends Scooter Libby Pardon, Slams Rep. Schiff

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon Scooter Libby during a Sunday morning appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”

Sanders was responding to the claim, tweeted by Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff that the president’s pardon was designed to send a message of encouragement to those implicated in Special Counsel Mueller’s Russia probe.

Schiff tweeted his concerns just hours before President Trump officially pardoned Libby on Friday.

Sanders’ defense of the pardon included an attack on Schiff.

“Adam Schiff barely — rarely bases any comments in reality. Talk about a grandstander,” she said. “He probably is hook line and sinker buddies with Jim Comey. They both have never found TV camera they don’t love to be in front of. The point that the president made when it came to Scooter Libby, this was somebody who had been wrongly convicted, he’s been reinstated by the D.C. bar quite some time ago.”

Schiff was not the only person to attempt to find a hidden message in President Trump’s decision to pardon Libby.

Sanders was adamant that there was no “hidden meaning” in Libby’s pardon, however. “The primary person that testified against him has recanted their testimony and the president felt it was the right thing to do. These two things have nothing to do with one another.”