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Trump is reportedly preparing to pardon Scooter Libby

After considering it for several months, President Trump is poised to pardon Scooter Libby, the onetime chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney, several people familiar with the matter told ABC News.

Libby was convicted in 2007 of lying to the FBI and obstruction of justice in connection with the leaking of a covert CIA operative's identity, and then-President George W. Bush commuted his 30-month prison sentence but did not pardon him. Libby has since had his law license and voting rights in Virginia restored.

Several conservatives, including married Fox News regulars Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing, have been calling for Libby to be pardoned. Last year, Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, the controversial former Arizona sheriff who was found guilty of criminal contempt after he refused to stop imprisoning people believed to be undocumented immigrants. The White House has said Trump is not currently considering pardons for anyone involved in the Russia investigation.