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Trump Is Right to Pardon Scooter Libby

The former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney is a villain in the left's revisionist history. Look closer.
Scooter Libby, right.

Scooter Libby, right.

Photographer: Alex Wong/Newsmakers

One takeaway from President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon Scooter Libby -- an aide seen as loyal to his boss – is that the president is signaling to current and former aides who are swept up in the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election: Keep quiet even under legal threat, and you’ll be pardoned later on.

This is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's theory of the Libby pardon. She summed it up Friday in a tweet: "Trump is clearly trying to send a message with his pardon of Scooter Libby -- he has no issue with rewarding those who lie under oath."