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Who Will President Bush Pardon?

January 19, 2009

This is the final question for the Bush Administration.

Bush is  facing pressure from conservative allies, who see pardons of former Bush administration officials and some others as a more realistic possibility. At the top of their lists: Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, still under investigation for his role in a series of U.S. attorney firings

I think ‘Scooter’ Libby must be at the top of the list.

Status: Convicted in 2007 of obstruction of justice, false statements, and perjury in investigation into leak of identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame. Sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, two years probation and $250,000 fine; prison sentence commuted by Bush before service. A Libby pardon has strong support among conservatives. “Scooter Libby was not guilty of the original crime trumpeted by the media and the Democrats for campaign purposes. He was not responsible for the leak…..It’s a travesty, it seems to me,” said Dick Carlson, a former Voice of America chief and ambassador.

Pros: Vice President Dick Cheney views Libby as loyal; disbarment and lack of employment could be seen as punishment; on leaving office, presidents Clinton and Bush (41) also pardoned senior officials

Cons: Could remind public of Bush’s failure to dismiss those accused of leaking Plame’s identity; risk of public outcry for leaving full pardon for final days of presidency when it could have been done sooner.

But there are also a raft of others who are possible contenders, including military personnel who interrogated others in violation of the law.

4 Comments
  1. January 22, 2009 12:59 PM

    Here are two final pardons by Bush. One we saw coming, the other not so much:

  2. January 19, 2009 8:33 PM

    If you shot a drug smuggler in the butt, where I live, you wouldn’t get a prison sentence. One of your relatives would take you to a Cracker Barrel for a celebratory meal.

  3. January 19, 2009 2:59 PM

    Thankfully Bush only commuted the sentences for these men…he did not pardon them.

    I hold NO love for drug dealers. Period.

    However……

    But I just find the tampering of evidence and other actions to be so objectionable that a pardon would have been truly without foundation.

  4. tomjerkweed permalink
    January 19, 2009 1:17 PM

    There is only one pardon that is important at this point: Commute the sentences of U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ignacio “Nacho” Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean.

    12 years in solitary confinement for shooting a known drug smuggler in the ass.

    That is true injustice.

    It is too bad the President can not uncommute a sentence. Because, Clinton financier Marc Rich should be behind bars right now.

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