President Trump on Friday pardoned Scooter Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, ABC News reports. The move marks another controversial pardon for Trump and could raise questions as an increasing number of the president’s political allies have landed themselves in legal jeopardy. The White House has repeatedly said that no pardons are on the table for people caught up in the Russia investigation. Trump pardoned controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio after he was found guilty on criminal contempt charges stemming from his refusal to stop imprisoning suspected undocumented immigrants.
Libby was convicted in 2007 of lying to the FBI and obstruction of justice in the investigation into the leak of the identity of Valerie Plame, a former covert CIA operative. President George W. Bush commuted Libby’s 30-month sentence but didn’t pardon him. After Libby said that he couldn’t have been the source of the leak, multiple people came forward to testify that they learned of Plame’s identity from Libby prior to when Libby said he had first received the information. At trial, Libby claimed to have forgot he actually learned about the identity from Cheney a month before he said he had. Libby has had his law license restored and then-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell restored his voting rights in 2013.