WHO IS SCOOTER LIBBY?

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Lewis “Scooter” Libby, chief of staff to Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney from 2001 to 2005, was par­doned by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Fri­day, for­giv­ing his con­vic­tion for per­jury and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice in the leak of a for­mer CIA of­fi­cer’s iden­tity. Here are five things to know about Libby:

1. Libby, 67, was born in New Haven, Conn., and grad­u­ated magna cum laude from Yale Univer­sity in 1972.

2. Brought in by his Yale men­tor Paul Wol­fowitz in 1981, Libby served in the Rea­gan and Ge­orge H.W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tions — first in the State De­part­ment, then the De­part­ment of De­fense — be­fore be­com­ing Cheney’s chief of staff in 2001.

3. Libby was con­victed of four felonies in 2007 — for per­jury be­fore a grand jury, ly­ing to FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tors and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice dur­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the dis­clo­sure of the work of for­mer covert CIA agent Va­lerie Plame Wil­son.

4. Libby’s sen­tence of 30 months in prison and a fine of $250,000 was com­muted by then-Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush. Al­though spared prison time, Libby was not par­doned. His vot­ing rights were re­stored by Vir­ginia Gov. Bob McDon­nell in 2013.

5. Pres­i­dent Trump said that Libby “was a good guy who got screwed,” ac­cord­ing to his lawyer, Vic­to­ria Toens­ing.

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