Fox News reporter John Roberts made clear what message President Donald Trump was sending with his out-of-nowhere pardon of former Bush administration official Scooter Libby.
Trump issued the pardon Friday, and White House aide Kellyanne Conway said Libby — who was convicted of perjury in 2007 related to the leak of CIA officer Valerie Plame’s identity — was the “victim of a special counsel gone amok.”
Roberts, the conservative network’s White House correspondent, made Trump’s intention even more explicit.
“While this has never been a front burner issue for President Trump, he did agree to the pardon and that could be because the other aspect of this is the timing,” Roberts said. “The pardon of Libby also sends a message about the current special counsel investigation. The parallel is Michael Flynn a pleading guilty to making false statements in the Mueller investigation. The president has railed against the investigation for being unfair.”
Flynn, who was Trump’s first national security adviser, pleaded guilty in December in exchange for his testimony in the Russia probe — and the president’s lawyers reportedly discussed pardons with attorneys for both Flynn and Paul Manafort, who has been indicted on multiple charges in the investigation.
“Could a President Trump be telegraphing his intentions of what he might do with people like Michael Flynn were caught up in the current investigation?” Roberts said. “The president has no plans to pardon anybody involved in that investigation, but it does send a pretty strong message.”
Trump lies to the press about his massive tax increasing while departing to France for the G7 Summit
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"I think our tariffs are very good for us. We're taking in tens of billions of dollars, China is paying for it," Trump argued.
In reality, China is not paying for the tariffs, which are paid by American importers and passed on to consumers, making the announcement a massive tax increase on Americans.
"Our tariffs are working out very well for us, people don't understand that yet," Trump argued.
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The host of HBO's "Real Time" presented "25 things you don’t know about Stephen Miller" on Friday.
"In high school, I was voted 'Most Likely to Comb My Mummified Mother's Hair,'" was one item.
"I think tacos are stealing jobs from hamburgers," was another.
"I'm a Cancer. I don't know my astrological sign," was a third.
"The worst part about my car smelling like wet dogs, is that I don't own dogs," was a fourth.
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"I guess I'm going to have to reevaluate my low opinion of prostate cancer," Maher said.
"Condolences poured in from all the politicians he owned and mourners are being asked, in lieu of flowers, to just leave their car engine running," he said.
"I know these seem like harsh words and harsh jokes, and I'm sure I will be condemned for them on Fox News, which will portray Mr. Koch as a principled libertarian who believed in the free market," Maher said. "He and his brother have done more than anybody to fund climate science deniers -- for decades."