Pelosi: Libby pardon shows that 'obstructing justice will be rewarded' by Trump
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHoyer: House should vote on COVID-19 aid — with or without a bipartisan deal Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at Supreme Court McCarthy threatens motion to oust Pelosi if she moves forward with impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests 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 ComeyDemocrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate Book: FBI sex crimes investigator helped trigger October 2016 public probe of Clinton emails Trump jabs at FBI director over testimony on Russia, antifa MORE

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