Pelosi: Libby pardon shows that 'obstructing justice will be rewarded' by Trump
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills MORE (D-Calif.) criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 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." 

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