Donald Trump Says He Doesn’t Know Scooter Libby But He Has ‘Heard He Has Been Treated Unfairly’

That’s pretty much how he runs the government after all.

In an announcement issued regarding a full pardon for Scooter Libby, former adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, President Donald Trump wrote:

I don’t know Mr. Libby, 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 president’s reasoning for this pardon harkens back to the Donald Trump of the 2016 presidential campaign. During his run for the White House, Trump often referred to rumors, innuendo and false statements as things he had heard. It’s a justification he’s been using for years.

Many people are saying” became almost a catchphrase for then nominee Trump. He used it to say almost anything about his opponents during his rallies in both the Republican primaries and the presidential election.

While now president Trump is not as plagued by overuse of the disclaimer, Libby’s pardon justification is indicative of an administration still operating on the same rumor mill principle of decision making.

But while the president often uses the phrases ‘that’s what I’ve heard’ and ‘many people are saying’ as both justification and disclaimer, he remains a harsh critic of news media not naming exact sources for everything they report.

The impact of the decision to pardon Libby is minimal. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s conviction for four counts of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements being expunged follows a commutation of his sentence by former president George W. Bush. Libby was not serving time in prison for his crimes.

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