Skip to comments.Pardons R Us
Posted on 01/06/2009 2:43:55 PM PST by SmithL
Conventional wisdom last week decreed that President-elect Barack Obama had done such a fine job culling his Cabinet that only one pick - Attorney General-nominee Eric Holder - would present a problem, but most likely, a surmountable hurdle.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson - Obama's presumptive commerce secretary - stepped on that happy tale when he withdrew his name from consideration Sunday in the midst of a federal corruption probe.
Back to Holder.
Inside money would bet that Republicans will use Holder's Jan. 15 Senate confirmation hearing to grill him on his role in President Bill Clinton's notorious last-day-in-office pardon of fugitive gazillionaire Marc Rich. Rich, you may recall, had been hiding in Switzerland (while his wife had been donating generously to Clinton causes) as he evaded copious charges for fraud, evading more than $48 million in taxes, racketeering and trading oil with Iran in violation of a U.S. embargo.
It was then-Deputy Attorney General Holder who gave Clinton cover when he told Clinton that he was "neutral leaning positive" on the Rich request for a presidential pardon.
With that big target on his chest, Holder is not the person you would expect Obama to pick to serve as America's top law man. But Obama said he chose Holder because he is "deeply familiar with the law enforcement challenges we face - from terrorism to counter-intelligence; from white-collar crime to public corruption." Too true.
A story in the Hartford Courant on Dec. 28, 2008, however, suggests that Holder has more than the Rich pardon to regret. Holder also will have to account for his role in the 1999 Clinton pardons of 16 Puerto Rico independence terrorists, most of them members of FALN, the Spanish acronym for Armed Forces of National Liberation, which staged some 130 bombings in the United States
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Whos Conventional wisdom
The amazing Kreskin gives his 2009 predictions:
I don’t believe he’s psychic (he says he isn’t). Someone is giving him info.