White House adviser Kellyanne Conway on Friday dropped a not-so-subtle message while talking with reporters that President Donald Trump would pardon people caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
During a scrum with reporters, Conway was asked if Trump thought it was a good idea to pardon Scooter Libby, the disgraced former chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney who was convicted of lying to FBI agents.
Conway said that Trump wasn’t trying to send a message that it was okay to lie to the FBI, but she did say that “many people think that Scooter Libby was a victim of a special counsel gone amok.”
Given that many Trump associates, including former campaign aide George Papadopoulos and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI thanks to the work of special counsel Robert Mueller, Conway seems to be communicating that Trump is more than willing to pardon people whom he believes have been wrongfully caught up in a special counsel’s net.
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Amid reports Pres. Trump is poised to pardon Scooter Libby, Kellyanne Conway says "Many people think that Scooter Libby was a victim of a special counsel gone amok." https://t.co/AKRYx5xQNw pic.twitter.com/b1thRVreBe
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Lawrence O’Donnell reports on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump
Anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump during Thursday evening's "The Last Word" on MSNBC.
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