Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE for attacking former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump defends indicted GOP congressman Andrew McCabe's settlement with the Department of Justice is a signal to John Durham Giuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign MORE as a “LEAKER & LIAR” Friday, noting that Trump is reportedly about to pardon former George W. Bush administration official I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was convicted of lying to investigators.
“You just signed off on a pardon for Scooter Libby, who leaked the covert identity of a CIA officer and was convicted of obstruction of justice and lying to investigators,” Beyer tweeted at Trump.
You just signed off on a pardon for Scooter Libby, who leaked the covert identity of a CIA officer and was convicted of obstruction of justice and lying to investigators. https://t.co/YQs3jszvzl— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) April 13, 2018
ABC News first reported Thursday that Trump will pardon Libby, the ex-chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Libby was convicted in 2007 for lying to the FBI and obstructing justice in the investigation over the leaked identity of former CIA agent Valerie Plame.
Multiple people said that Libby had revealed Plame’s identity to them, after he publicly claimed he did not share the information.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper also hit Trump over the attack in a tweet Friday.
Calling @Comey a “proven LEAKER & LIAR” while you’re about to pardon Scooter Libby, who leaked the identity of a covert CIA employee and was convicted for lying about it to the FBI — well, that’s quite a thing.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 13, 2018
Trump lashed out at Comey in a pair of tweets early Friday after several media outlets reported on excerpts of Comey’s upcoming book, "A Higher Loyalty."
James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH. He is a weak and.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2018
....untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI. His handling of the Crooked Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMeghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' Hill: Trump reelection would spur 'one constitutional crisis after another' Trump defends indicted GOP congressman MORE case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst “botch jobs” of history. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2018