President Trump on Friday pardoned Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff Scooter Libby, who was convicted of lying to the FBI and obstruction of justice in 2007, in a case involving who leaked the name of CIA officer Valerie Plame.

“I don’t know Mr. Libby,” Trump said in a statement. “But for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly. Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life.”


Major legal analysts say that Libby was put in a perjury trap by prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, as it was never established if Libby disclosed Plame’s CIA affiliation to the press.

President Bush had granted Libby a commutation that allowed him to avoid prison.

“This is definitely not about me. It’s absolutely not about Scooter Libby. This is about Donald Trump and his future,” Valerie Plame said on MSNBC. “It’s very clear that this is a message he’s sending that you can commit crimes against national security and you will be pardoned, so I think he’s got an audience of three right now. That would be Manafort, Flynn and Kushner, and perhaps others.”