PING to Post #3
Further to senate elimination of evidence of Libby pardon bill:
At 8:47 p.m., Sen. Salazar offered an amendment, #2356, a sense of the Senate that the President should not pardon Scooter Libby.
Speaking on the floor, he said: It is regrettable that we are having to have these votes on these politically motivated amendments that are coming forward from the other side. It would be in the best interests of this institution and the American people to stop this and not to go forward with these kinds of amendments. But regrettably, if youre going to shoot this way, weve got to shoot that way. And so I would ask my colleagues to send the Sense of the Senate to the United States President that he should not pardon Scooter Libby.”
The Salazar amendment failed on a vote of 47-49
At 9:16 p.m., Sen. McConnell offered an amendment, #2357, deploring the actions of former President William Jefferson Clinton regarding his granting of clemency to terrorists, to family members, donors and individuals represented by family members, to public officials of his own political party and to officials who violated laws protecting United States intelligence, and concluding that such actions by former President Clinton were inappropriate.
And at 9:30, before any vote could be taken, Sen. Reid asked that the vote on the Salazar amendment be vitiated (first time Ive seen that happen) and stricken from the Record, and further that we not vote on the McConnell amendment. Both sides agreed.