[Ed. – As Politico says, the speculation is that Trump’s timing is intended to send a signal to those considering “cooperation” with the FBI. That is, frankly, a biased way of putting it. Another way to put it is to say Trump’s signal is that he will protect people who don’t knuckle under to being hounded, by pardoning them if they get entrapped in a process crime. Which, to complete the circle, is what happened to Scooter Libby. The entire time he was being prosecuted for a “false statement” — which wasn’t even about the underlying crime — the special counsel knew it was Richard Armitage who leaked Valerie Plame’s identity. It wasn’t Libby.]
President Donald Trump on Friday pardoned Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney who was caught up in the investigation into the leak of the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame.
“I don’t know Mr. Libby,” Trump said in a statement, adding, “but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly. Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of his life.” …
The White House statement, in explaining Trump’s pardon decision, also noted that a key witness against Libby recanted her testimony in 2015 and that the District of Columbia Court of Appeals unanimously reinstated Mr. Libby to the bar.
“His record since his conviction is similarly unblemished, and he continues to be held in high regard by his colleagues and peers,” Sanders said in the earlier release.