President Donald Trump is going to officially use his pardon powers in the middle of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
But, here’s where things get interesting.
He has abruptly decided to pardon Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff, Scooter J. Libby, even though former President George Bush decided not to do so, after he was convicted of lying to the F.B.I. and committing obstruction of justice.
Why, now? That’s the real question.
Trump could be sending a message that he can’t give in person or on the telephone.
Just a few days ago, his long-time personal attorney Michael Cohen’s home and offices were raided by the F.B.I. And, today, Cohen announced that he would be invoking his 5th amendment rights in the Stormy Daniels case, even though he’s the attorney on record. That essentially means he can’t effectively represent Trump without incriminating himself. It’s all very bizarre, indeed.
Trump is letting it known that he can and will use his pardon powers granted to him under the U.S. Constitution. Translation: Stay calm, guys.
This is the second pardon for Trump. Early in his term, Trump pardoned the controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, even though he was found guilty in July on criminal contempt charges stemming from his refusal to stop imprisoning suspected undocumented immigrants.