Pelosi: Libby pardon shows that 'obstructing justice will be rewarded' by Trump
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiKids confront Feinstein over Green New Deal Can progressives govern? Dems plan hearing on emergency declaration's impact on military MORE (D-Calif.) criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE's pardon of a former George W. Bush administration official on Friday, saying he was rewarding obstruction of justice and sending a negative signal at a time when his own administration is under investigation.

"This pardon sends a troubling signal to the president's allies that obstructing justice will be rewarded," Pelosi said in a statement. "The suggestion that those who lie under oath may be rewarded with pardons poses a threat to the integrity of the special counsel investigation, and to our democracy." 

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Trump on Friday offered a full pardon to I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the former chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney. It cleared him of four felony convictions, including obstruction of justice, related to the leak of a CIA operative's identity.

In its announcement of Trump's pardon, the White House cited Libby's community service, his two years of probation and the heavy fines he paid for his pardon.

"President Trump's pardon of Scooter Libby makes clear his contempt for the rule of law," Pelosi said. "Neither the president or his allies are above the law." 

The special counsel investigating collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia is also looking into whether Trump himself obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyRosenstein: My time at DOJ is 'coming to an end' Five takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump FBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it MORE

Former President George W. Bush previously commuted Libby's sentence, but did not offer a pardon.