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Trump pardons former top aide to Dick Cheney

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US has issued a full pardon to Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was convicted of revealing the identity of an undercover CIA agent while serving as to then-Vice in 2001-2005.

"I don't know Mr. Libby, 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," Trump said on Friday, news reported.

In 2007, was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice.

The jury determined that the former official serving in the administration had lied to investigators regarding his conversations with journalists about CIA agent

The CIA agent's name appeared in the press after her husband, former US Joseph Wilson, published an article criticizing the administration's justifications for launching the war.

was sentenced to 30 months in jail, although commuted Libby's sentence, who was still forced to pay a $250,000 fine and remain on probation for two years.

The statement regarding the full pardon notes that paid the fine, served the two years of probation and performed 400 hours of community service.

During his eight years in the White House, Bush granted 189 pardons, although he did not pardon Libby, drawing criticisms from Cheney.

Trump had already used his power to pardon in 2017, sparing the controversial former a jail sentence after he was convicted of continuing to have his officers racially profile Hispanic drivers in defiance of a court order.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 07:22 IST
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