Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson rip Trump for Libby pardon

Former ambassador Joe Wilson and his wife, former CIA agent Valerie Plame railed against President Trump Friday after he pardoned Lewis “Scooter” Libby—a onetime aide to Vice President Dick Cheney.

“You want to betray your country? That’s fine, because Trump will pardon you if it suits his venal political interest. He is a vile and despicable individual who is undermining the democracy of our country,” Wilson told MSNBC in an interview with host Katy Tur Friday.

Libby was convicted by a jury in 2007 of perjury, obstructing justice and making false statements to the FBI when he lied about leaking Plame’s identity.

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US screenwriter Valerie Plame Wilson poses for photographer as she arrives for the screening of the movie 'Fair Game' presented out of competition at the 36th American Film Festival, in Deauville, northwestern France, on September 9, 2010. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Washington, UNITED STATES: Outed CIA agent Valerie Plame (R) and her husband former ambassador Joseph Wilson chat with guests before taking their seats at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner 29 April 2006 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 20: Valerie Plame Wilson attends Vanity Fair hosts their Tribeca Film Festival dinner at The State Supreme Courthouse on April 20, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Jane Rosenthal, Joseph Wilson, Valerie Plame and Craig Hatkoff (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
WASHINGTON - JULY 14: Valerie Plame Wilson (R) and her husband Joseph Wilson depart from the National Press Club following a press conference July 14, 2006 in Washington, DC. Plame filed suit in U.S. District Court July 13, 2006, charging that Vice President Dick Cheney, his aide, I Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, and presidential advisor Karl Rove destroyed her career when they leaked her identity to the press. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 20: Valerie Plame Wilson attends Vanity Fair hosts their Tribeca Film Festival dinner at The State Supreme Courthouse on April 20, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Producer Lawrence Bender (L) and author Valerie Plame Wilson pose for a portrait during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival held at the Getty Images portrait studio at The Lift on January 25, 2010 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - APRIL 20: Valerie Plame Wilson attends Vanity Fair hosts their Tribeca Film Festival dinner at The State Supreme Courthouse on April 20, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 26: Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife former CIA officer Valerie Plame attend the Vanity Fair Tribeca Film Festival Party at The State Supreme Courthouse April 26, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images for TFF)
US screenwriter Valerie Plame Wilson waves as she arrives to attend the screening of the movie 'Fair Game' presented out of competition at the 36th American Film Festival, in Deauville, northwestern France, on September 9, 2010. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Washington, UNITED STATES: (FILES): This 29 April 2006 file photo shows former CIA agent Valerie Plame (R) and her husband Joseph Wilson with guests before taking their seats at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. US Distict Judge John D. Bates dismissed the lawsuit of former CIA operative Plame 19 July 2007 against officials of the administration of US President George W. Bush for leaking her agency identity. AFP PHOTO/FILES/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 26: Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife former CIA officer Valerie Plame attend the Vanity Fair Tribeca Film Festival Party at The State Supreme Courthouse April 26, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images for TFF)
WASHINGTON - JULY 14: Valerie Plame Wilson takes part in a press conference July 14, 2006 in Washington, DC. Plame filed suit in U.S. District Court July 13, 2006, charging that Vice President Dick Cheney, his aide, I Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, and presidential advisor Karl Rove destroyed her career when they leaked her identity to the press. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - APRIL 29: Former diplomat Joseph Wilson and his wife former CIA agent Valerie Plame arrive at the White House Correspondents' Dinner April 29, 2006 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
Washington, UNITED STATES: Outed former CIA agent Valerie Plame attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, 29 April 2006, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. Plame's undercover work at the Central Intelligence Agency was revealed last year in the US media shortly after her husband, former US diplomat Joseph Wilson, publicly criticized the US rationale for going to war with Iraq in 2003. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JULY 13: (TELEVISION OUT) Valerie Plame Wilson (L) and her husband Joseph Wilson arrive at the Democratic Policy lunch on the Senate side of the Capitol July 13, 2006 in Washington, DC. Plame filed suit in U.S. District Court July 13, 2006, charging that Vice President Dick Cheney, his aide, I Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, and presidential advisor Karl Rove destroyed her career when they leaked her identity to the press. (Photo by Lauren Victoria Burke/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 26: Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife former CIA officer Valerie Plame attend the Vanity Fair Tribeca Film Festival Party at The State Supreme Courthouse April 26, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images for TFF)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Valerie Plame Wilson (L) and producer Lawrence Bender pose for a portrait during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival held at the WireImage Portrait Studio at The Lift on January 25, 2010 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
WASHINGTON - APRIL 29: (AFP OUT) Former diplomat Joseph Wilson and his wife Valerie Plame, a former operative for the CIA, attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner April 29, 2006 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg-POOL/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Valerie Plame Wilson attends the 'Countdown To Zero' Photocall at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2010 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Washington, UNITED STATES: Outed former CIA agent Valerie Plame (R) and her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, attend the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, 29 April 2006, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. Plame's undercover work at the Central Intelligence Agency was revealed last year in the US media shortly after her husband, former US diplomat Joseph Wilson, publicly criticized the US rationale for going to war with Iraq in 2003. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JULY 14: Retired CIA employee Valerie Plame Wilson (L) and her husband, former diplomat Joe Wilson, leave a press conference where they announced a lawsuit against senior members of the Bush Administration at the National Press Club July 14, 2006 in Washington, DC. Plame filed suit in U.S. District Court July 13, 2006, charging that Vice President Dick Cheney, his aide, I Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, and presidential advisor Karl Rove destroyed her career when they leaked her identity to the press. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Producer Lawrence Bender (L) and author Valerie Plame Wilson pose for a portrait during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival held at the Getty Images portrait studio at The Lift on January 25, 2010 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images)
Valerie Plame Wilson poses for a portrait during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival held at the WireImage Portrait Studio at The Lift on January 25, 2010 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Producer Lawrence Bender (L) and author Valerie Plame Wilson pose for a portrait during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival held at the Getty Images portrait studio at The Lift on January 25, 2010 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images)
Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame during 5th Annual Tribeca Film Festival - Vanity Fair Party at The State Supreme Courthouse in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
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Plame was outed in retaliation against Wilson, who had challenged the Bush administration’s justification of the Iraq War—which killed more than 4,000 Americans, according to the U.S. Department of Defense casualty website.

Plame appeared on the same network Friday to say that the pardon was symbolic and had nothing to do with Libby as an individual.

“It’s not about me, it’s absolutely not about ‘Scooter’ Libby,” she said. “It’s about Donald Trump and his future,” Plame told MSNBC. “It’s very clear that this is a message he is sending that you can commit crimes against national security and you will be pardoned.”

She condemned the message as “very damaging to our democracy and the rule of law.”

Trump said he pardoned Libby. whom he doesn’t know, because “he has been treated unfairly”—claims Plame shredded as completely false.

“That is simply false. Libby was convicted of obstruction of justice and perjury in a fair trial. President George W. Bush closely reviewed the facts in the case at the behest of Vice President Dick Cheney, who urged a pardon,” she said in a statement to the Daily News.

“President Bush declined to issue a pardon, stating ‘I respect the jury’s verdict.’ He added, ‘And if a person does not tell the truth, particularly if he serves in government and holds the public trust, he must be held accountable.’ President’s Trump’s pardon is not based on the truth,” she said.

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Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, arrives for a sentence hearing at a federal courthouse in Washington, June 5, 2007. Libby was convicted of obstructing a probe related to the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war and the leaking of CIA analyst Valerie Plame's identity by members of the Bush administration. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES)
Scooter Libby, former Vice President Dick Cheney's former Chief of Staff, mingles before a ceremony to unveil a marble bust of Cheney in the US Capitol in Wshington, December 3, 2015. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan
Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former Chief of Staff to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, arrives for his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, June 5, 2007. Libby was convicted of obstructing a probe related to the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war and the leaking of CIA analyst Valerie Plame's identity by members of the Bush administration. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES)
Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former Chief of Staff to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, is followed by his wife Harriet Grant as he arrives for his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, June 5, 2007. Libby was convicted of obstructing a probe related to the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war and the leaking of CIA analyst Valerie Plame's identity by members of the Bush administration. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES)
Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former Chief of Staff to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, steps into a waiting car as he leaves the courthouse after being sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000 for his role in the CIA leak case at U.S. District Court in Washington, June 5, 2007. Libby was convicted of obstructing a probe related to the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war and the leaking of CIA analyst Valerie Plame's identity by members of the Bush administration. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES)
Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former Chief of Staff to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, leaves the courthouse with his attorney Theodore Wells (R) after being sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000 for his role in the CIA leak case at U.S. District Court in Washington, June 5, 2007. Libby was convicted of obstructing a probe related to the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war and the leaking of CIA analyst Valerie Plame's identity by members of the Bush administration. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES)
Lewis "Scooter" Libby (C) and his wife Harriet leave the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Washington March 6, 2007. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former senior aide to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, was found guilty on Tuesday of four of five counts of obstructing justice, lying and perjury during an investigation tied to the Iraq war. Libby's attorney Theodore Wells follows at left. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES)
Former Bush White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby walks with wife Harriet Grant (R) outside the courthouse after he was convicted of four federal crimes at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Washington, March 6, 2007. Libby, a former senior aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, was found guilty on Tuesday of four of five counts of obstructing justice, lying and perjury during an investigation tied to the Iraq war. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (UNITED STATES)
Lewis "Scooter" Libby listens as his attorney speaks to the media at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Washington March 6, 2007. Libby, a former senior aide to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, was found guilty on Tuesday of four of five counts of obstructing justice, lying and perjury during an investigation tied to the Iraq war. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (UNITED STATES)
Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, former chief of staff to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, arrives at the U.S. Federal Court in Washington as jury deliberations in his perjury trial continue March 6, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES)
Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, former chief of staff to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, arrives at the U.S. Federal Court in Washington as jury deliberations in his perjury trial continue March 5, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES)
Scooter Libby arrives on December 3, 2015, during a dedication ceremony hosted by the US Senate at Emancipation Hall of the US Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC. The ceremony unveiled a bust of former US Vice President Dick Cheney, who as vice president, also served as President of the Senate. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 03: Scooter Libby attends a bust unveiling ceremony former Vice President Dick Cheney in the Capitol Visitor Center's Emancipation Hall, December 3, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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Wilson fumed after the pardon was announced, saying it excuses “the entire neo-conservative subversive movement that drove this county to a false war in 2003 and which still has ambition to drive this country to war in Iran.”

He said he thinks Trump “has given a blanket pardon essentially to this movement and he has invited them back into his administration to lead a charge back into war.”

“He has basically given his seal of approval on things he claims to have been against, i.e. the war on Iraq,” Wilson told Tur.

Trump, like Libby, faces a special counsel that is investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 United States election.

Wilson said the presidential pardon signals that “you can get away with anything.”

He added that Trump is “essentially developing a coalition of extremists.”

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