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Trump grants pardon to former Bush official; some say he is using the law as a political tool
Washington Post ^ | April 13, 2018 | Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey and Matt Zapotosky

Posted on 04/13/2018 5:57:44 PM PDT by Innovative

In his decision Friday to pardon a former Bush administration official convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice, President Trump telegraphed his open hostility to the criminal justice system and his desire to use the power of the presidency as a personal political tool.

As with his controversial pardon last year of a former Arizona county sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who had been held in contempt of court, Trump effectively thumbed his nose at the judiciary by pardoning I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. The Justice Department was not involved in either case, officials said.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: arizona; democrats; districtofcolumbia; joearpaio; joshdawsey; lawfare; libby; mattzapotosky; pardon; philiprucker; plamenamegame; scooterlibby; trump; trumppardons; valerieplame; waronterror; washingtoncompost; washingtonpost
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Well, that didn't take long, for the swamp to wake up and predictably start bashing president Trump.
1 posted on 04/13/2018 5:57:44 PM PDT by Innovative
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WaPo is outrageous. President Trump corrects the injustice of a political prosecution, and the WaPo accuses him of using the law for political purposes. I suppose it's typical left-wing projection.

Why the Washington Post Has No Credibility

2 posted on 04/13/2018 6:01:05 PM PDT by T Ruth (Mohammedanism shall be destroyed.)
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“and his desire to use the power of the presidency as a personal political tool.”

Oh boy, that’s some rich f*ckin’ irony there!


3 posted on 04/13/2018 6:01:05 PM PDT by chris37 ("I am everybody." -Mark Robinson)
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This is just ridiculous bias.

Pound sand, Washington Post!

4 posted on 04/13/2018 6:01:48 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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When I first began a Civil Service job, my coach, an old and very smart Agent told me not to make enemies.

He said everyone has at one time or another done something he could be fired over. They probably have broken some law too.

I really got the impression that Scooter Libby was a victim of a political prosecution.


5 posted on 04/13/2018 6:02:39 PM PDT by yarddog
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Mueller was FBI dir. during the scam prosecution that resulted in entrapping Libby. Trump’s pardon is a double gesture to both Mueller and GW Bush (who commuted Scooter’s jail sentence but was too wussy to fully pardon him.


6 posted on 04/13/2018 6:03:52 PM PDT by rfp1234 (I have already previewed this composition.)
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Well, that didn't take long, for the swamp to wake up and predictably start bashing president Trump.

Pardon me, if I seem like I don’t give a rat’s rear end what any hideous swamp creature says.

7 posted on 04/13/2018 6:04:52 PM PDT by Mark17 (Genesis chapter 1 verse 1. In the beginning GOD....And the rest, as they say, is HIS-story)
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List of people pardoned or granted clemency by the President of the United States
8 posted on 04/13/2018 6:05:37 PM PDT by rightwingcrazy (We)
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“A polotocal tool”? Really. No President ever did THAT before!


9 posted on 04/13/2018 6:11:06 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam (Have an A-1 day.)
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Our good friend “Sundance” at http://www.theconservativetreehouse.com has often said that The Washington Compost is pretty much a direct newsfeed from the CIA, and this would be a perfect example. The CIA is being thwarted and they don’t like it at all.

BTW he also often says that The NY Slimes, similarly, is pretty much a direct newsfeed from the State Department.


10 posted on 04/13/2018 6:14:15 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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“Some say”? Gimme a break. Talk about a useless attribution. “Some say” the WaPo is a used sewer rag. Actually, “Multitudes say” that.


11 posted on 04/13/2018 6:14:19 PM PDT by StAntKnee (Add your own danged sarc tag)
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Yes.

"Journalism" at its worst.

12 posted on 04/13/2018 6:19:07 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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Mark Rich says “Hi!”


13 posted on 04/13/2018 6:19:34 PM PDT by Bratch ("The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke)
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They’re projecting. Again.


14 posted on 04/13/2018 6:21:06 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (<img src="http://i.imgur.com/WukZwJP.gif" width=800>https://i.imgur.com/zXSEP5Z.gif)
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Comey was the Deputy Attorney General who selected, appointed, and supervised the Special Counsel, Fitzgerald. This is a huge smack across the face to Comey, hence the timing.


15 posted on 04/13/2018 6:21:13 PM PDT by Enchante (FusionGPS "dirty dossier" scandal links Hillary, FBI, CIA, Dept of Justice... "Deep State" is real)
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Clinton thumbed his nose at the judiciary when he pardoned Marc Rich.


16 posted on 04/13/2018 6:25:19 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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......; some say he is using the law as a political tool...

Democrats are experts at this. Just look at Mueller. And the IRS. And the cake bakery. And the fake DACA “law.”


17 posted on 04/13/2018 6:26:23 PM PDT by Sasparilla ( I'm Not Tired of Winnings)
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He didn’t reveal Plame’s identity and the prosecutor knew it ... it was a gross violation of justice and a clear violation of ethics and law by the Special Prosecutor.


18 posted on 04/13/2018 6:26:41 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Start using cash and checks or the elite class and bankers will make "cashless" the norm.)
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He should pardon Martha Stewart too.


19 posted on 04/13/2018 6:27:49 PM PDT by jospehm20
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granting pardons has always been a political tool and within the right of the president to do.


20 posted on 04/13/2018 6:31:04 PM PDT by PCPOET7
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