CNN Jake Tapper took to Twitter on Friday morning to take some shots at President Donald Trump's plan to reportedly grant a pardon to Scooter Libby, who was convicted of lying to the FBI in 2007 while serving as former Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff.
Although Libby was convicted of lying to the FBI and obstruction of justice in the investigation into the leak of the identity of former covert CIA agent Valerie Plame, the Bush-era aide saw his 30-month sentence commuted by then President George W Bush, but did not receive a pardon.
Tapper began his tweetstorm by pointing out the obvious irony of pardoning Libby, whose leaks led him to be convicted, on a day when President Donald Trump raged at ex-FBI Director James Comey as a "proven LEAKER & LIAR," according to Trump's Friday morning tweet.
@Comey a 'proven LEAKER & LIAR' while you’re about to pardon Scooter Libby, who leaked the identity of a covert CIA employee and was convicted for lying about it to the FBI — well, that’s quite a thing," Tapper wrote.
He then noted part of Trump's motivation -- outside of a hint from the president that he can pardon anyone from his administration who lies to Mueller's investigators.
"Also fwiw, Libby was prosecuted by one of
@Comey’s best friend’s, Pat Fitzgerald, and the recusal of then-AG Ashcroft and appointment of Fitzgerald as Special Counsel were proposed by then-DAG Comey," Tapper explained.
The CNN anchor then tweeted out background links explaining the circumstances behind the Libby trial and conviction.
You can see all of the tweets below:
Calling @Comey a “proven LEAKER & LIAR” while you’re about to pardon Scooter Libby, who leaked the identity of a co… https://t.co/Vmp4VsczNX— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1523626420.0
Also fwiw, Libby was prosecuted by one of @Comey’s best friend’s, Pat Fitzgerald, and the recusal of then-AG Ashcro… https://t.co/6pH5Dw3Qou— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1523627042.0
For those asking, the jury believed Libby leaked — they also believed he’d been pilloried for a leak “that other to… https://t.co/wHhJ9yO0Rf— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1523629100.0
2007: Attorneys for VP Cheney and top White House officials told a federal judge “that they cannot be held liable f… https://t.co/62rEvApXyt— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1523629970.0
Tapper then retweeted this from FactCheck.org:
President Trump tweets today that Comey "leaked CLASSIFIED information." There is no support for that claim, as we… https://t.co/jDWOn0Wos5— FactCheck.org (@FactCheck.org)1523631439.0