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  • According to Bill Clinton, Libby approved of the Marc Rich Pardon

    07/03/2007 2:33:09 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 37 replies · 1,466+ views
    New York Times ^ | Feb. 18, 2001 | William Jefferson Clinton
    "...the case for the pardons was reviewed and advocated not only by my former White House counsel Jack Quinn but also by three distinguished Republican attorneys: Leonard Garment, a former Nixon White House official; William Bradford Reynolds, a former high-ranking official in the Reagan Justice Department; and Lewis Libby, now Vice President Cheney's chief of staff..."
  • ABC Wonders: Is Libby ‘Above the Law?’; Glosses Over Clinton Pardon

    07/03/2007 10:29:46 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 57 replies · 1,501+ views
    http://newsbusters.org/ ^ | July 3, 2007 | Scott Whitlock
    ABC Wonders: Is Libby ‘Above the Law?’; Glosses Over Clinton Pardon Posted by Scott Whitlock on July 3, 2007 - 11:25. On Tuesday’s "Good Morning America," the ABC program featured two segments on President Bush’s commutation of Dick Cheney aide Lewis Libby. Substitute co-host David Muir opened the program by wondering, "This morning, above the law?" and GMA glossed over Bill Clinton's infamous pardon of Marc Rich. Instead, various anchors found time to twice highlight Senator Dick Durbin’s comment that "even Paris Hilton had to go to jail." Although reporter David Kerley's segment did feature a quote from Republican strategist...
  • Only Libby smiling today

    07/03/2007 5:02:00 AM PDT · by gpapa · 69 replies · 1,895+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 3, 2007 | Robert Novak
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's sentence pleased but did not fully satisfy restive conservatives, while enraging his liberal critics. Libby himself can breathe a sigh of relief that he does not have to serve prison time, but hardly anybody else is all that happy.
  • FReep This Poll! Do you agree with President Bush commuting I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby's prison term?

    07/03/2007 12:29:25 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies · 1,197+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | July 3, 2007 | North County Times/The Californian
    FReep This Poll! Here is the poll question in full form... Do you agree with President Bush's decision to commute former White House aide I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby's prison term? Yes No Not sure Link over to the North County Times/The Californian homepage. Scroll down a bit and look for the poll on the right hand side. Vote your choice.
  • Bush and Libby

    07/02/2007 9:18:21 PM PDT · by gpapa · 67 replies · 1,335+ views
    OpinionJournal.com ^ | June 26, 2007 | Editorial Staff
    President Bush's commutation late yesterday afternoon of the prison sentence of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby will at least spare his former aide from 2 1/2 years in prison. But by failing to issue a full pardon, Mr. Bush is evading responsibility for the role his Administration played in letting the Plame affair build into fiasco and, ultimately, this personal tragedy.
  • MSM Ignores Higher Placed Clinton Officials' Conviction to Tout Libby's (Henry Cisneros)

    07/02/2007 8:56:34 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 20 replies · 1,604+ views
    http://newsbusters.org/ ^ | July 2, 2007 | Warner Todd Huston
    MSM Ignores Higher Placed Clinton Officials' Conviction to Tout Libby's Posted by Warner Todd Huston on July 2, 2007 - 23:30. I keep seeing this talking point phrase in multiple MSM stories about the Libby conviction; "Libby was convicted in March, the highest-ranking White House official ordered to prison since the Iran-Contra affair roiled the Reagan administration in the 1980s."(emphasis, mine) This is a misleading statement that makes the reader imagine that no high-ranking Presidential appointee or advisor has been convicted of anything since Reagan's era. But, at least one past official's name should be placed above that of Libby's....
  • Olbermann: For Commutation in 'Greatest Crime of Century' Bush and Cheney Must Resign

    07/02/2007 8:04:10 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 167 replies · 3,550+ views
    http://newsbusters.org/ ^ | July 2, 2007 | Brad Wilmouth
    Olbermann: For Commutation in 'Greatest Crime of Century' Bush and Cheney Must Resign Posted by Brad Wilmouth on July 2, 2007 - 21:48. On Monday's Countdown, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann opened his show railing against President Bush, contending that the President "lied us into a war" and "needlessly killed 3,584 of our family and friends and neighbors" as the Countdown host attacked the President for commuting the sentence of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, referring to Libby's involvement in the "greatest crime of this young century." Olbermann later tagged Bush as "Worst Person of the World," and announced that he will call...
  • CNN: Conservatives Will Be 'Angry' Over Commutation, GOP Double Standard re: Clinton

    07/02/2007 7:59:56 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 88 replies · 2,047+ views
    http://newsbusters.org/ ^ | July 2, 2007 | Brent Baker
    CNN: Conservatives Will Be 'Angry' Over Commutation, GOP Double Standard re: Clinton Posted by Brent Baker on July 2, 2007 - 21:44. With “Angry Reaction” on screen, CNN's Suzanne Malveaux opened the 7pm EDT hour of The Situation Room by asking if on the Libby commutation: “Are conservatives as angry as Democrats?” Toward the end of the hour, Malveaux, filling in for Wolf Blitzer, cued up ex-Clinton operative Paul Begala: “President Clinton was impeached for lying before a grand jury. What do you think? What do you make of this? Does this smack of a double standard?” Malveaux announced at...
  • Most in USA Disagree with Bush Decision to Commute Libby Prison Sentence (MSM onslaught begins)

    07/02/2007 7:39:42 PM PDT · by balch3 · 94 replies · 2,256+ views
    Survey USA ^ | July 2, 2007 | Survey USA
    Most in USA Disagree with Bush Decision to Commute Libby Prison Sentence: 21% of Americans familiar with the legal case involving former White House aide Scooter Libby agree with President Bush's decision to commute Libby's prison sentence, according to a SurveyUSA nationwide poll conducted immediately after the decision was announced. 1,500 Americans were surveyed. Of them, 825 were familiar with the Libby case. Only those familiar were asked to react to the President's action. 17% say Bush should have pardoned Libby completely. 60% say Bush should have left the judge's prison sentence in place. 32% of Republicans agree with the...
  • What will Hillary say about Pardon

    07/02/2007 4:46:55 PM PDT · by shoedog · 30 replies · 801+ views
    Multiple Media outlets | July 2, 2007 | Self
    It will be fun to see Hillary's response to this. She knows that Bill's pardons especially Mr. Rich and the four Puerto Rican Terrorists are sitting out there. I believe she will keep a low profile on this.
  • Clinton Pardon's List

    07/02/2007 3:26:12 PM PDT · by eartotheground · 30 replies · 2,926+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001 | Associated Press
    PARDONS: Verla Jean Allen Nicholas M. Altiere Bernice Ruth Altschul Joe Anderson Jr. William Sterling Anderson Mansour Azizkhani Cleveland Victor Babin Jr. Chris Harmon Bagley Scott Lynn Bane Thomas Cleveland Barber Peggy Ann Bargon David Roscoe Blampied William Arthur Borders Jr. Arthur David Borel Douglas Chrles Borel George Thomas Brabham Almon Glenn Braswell Leonard Browder David Steven Brown Delores Caroylene Burleson, aka Delores Cox Burleson John H. Bustamante Mary Louise Campbell Eloida Candelaria Dennis Sobrevinas Capili Donna Denise Chambers Douglas Eugene Chapman Ronald Keith Chapman Francisco Larois Chavez Henry G. Cisneros Roger Clinton Stuart Harris Cohn David Marc Cooper Ernest...
  • Libby Supporters in Full Throat for Pardon by Bush (gag alert)

    07/02/2007 3:23:03 PM PDT · by Baladas · 12 replies · 752+ views
    BBSNews ^ | July 02 2007 | Michael Hess
    I. Lewis Libby, the former top aide to Dick Cheney who was convicted in March of lying to a Grand Jury and obstructing justice will have to go to jail during his appeal. A three judge federal appellate panel decided that Libby stands little chance of winning an appeal, so he will have to go to jail. Master bloviator Rush Limbaugh, obviously a man who respects the rule of law and the US Constitution, is doing the Texas George two-step in calling for George W. Bush to pardon Libby. Today Limbaugh, who himself escaped jail, then spent a couple of...
  • President Bush Commutes Libby's sentence

    07/02/2007 2:45:21 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 784 replies · 26,506+ views
  • The Pardon of Scooter Libby - How the President Should Play It

    06/29/2007 9:08:46 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 25 replies · 867+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 6-28-07 | Quin Hillyer
    Author deals with the possibility .. excerpt of article: ~~~~~~~~~ Explanation of the President's Belief in the Innocence of I. Lewis Libby * * Not a part of the official pardon statement, but an explanation thereof for distribution to the American public via the working media. I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of America, believe that I. Lewis Libby is not guilty of perjury or of obstruction of justice. In saying this, I do not say that the jury necessarily erred on the basis of the evidence presented to it, nor do I say that the judge...
  • No time to go wobbly, George

    06/19/2007 11:53:27 AM PDT · by JZelle · 35 replies · 1,281+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6-19-07 | Wes Pruden
    These are the saddest of times and the worst of times for George W. Bush. His war in Iraq continues to truck south, to join the immigration "reform" legislation that took up residence at the South Pole some time ago, and now his remaining friends are urging him to be the stand-up guy Texans are always telling us they are. Not even the iron fence of secrecy and security surrounding the White House can resist the pressure building on the president to stand up to pardon Scooter Libby, soon to be sentenced to 24 months in prison for lying about...
  • Pressure Mounts for Libby Clemency

    06/18/2007 5:24:15 AM PDT · by kellynla · 33 replies · 829+ views
    politico.com ^ | June 17, 2007 | : Mike Allen
    White House loyalists have begun arguing that clemency for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby -- either a pardon or a commuted sentence -- would be a way for an embattled President Bush to reassert himself, particularly among conservatives. The White House has not ruled out a pardon for Libby, sources say. But several Republicans, who sense a movement in Libby’s favor, said a more likely possibility might be a presidential commutation -- a reduction or elimination of Libby's 2½-year federal prison sentence. Such a move, they said, would be less divisive for the country. A well-connected Republican whose views have reached...
  • Paris Hilton volunteers to serve Scooter Libby's sentence, as well.

    06/18/2007 6:31:30 AM PDT · by Keli Kilohana · 19 replies · 1,169+ views
    Charleston Gazette Forums ^ | June 18, 2007 | Keli Kilohana
    Just as White House loyalists had begun arguing that clemency for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby -- either a pardon or a commuted sentence -- would be a way for an embattled President Bush to reassert himself, particularly among conservatives, Paris Hilton has volunteered to serve Libby's sentence. "I am just getting what I deserve," said the born-again hotel heiress, "but Scooter has done nothing wrong! And, if he did, he should not serve any more time than Bill CLinton did for perjury!" Several Republicans said that it would be a good move for both Bush's and Hilton's sagging poll numbers.
  • Libby denied bond, will appeal from behind bars

    06/15/2007 7:24:51 PM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 40 replies · 971+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 15, 2007 | Jerry Seper
    Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr.'s bid to remain free on bond pending an appeal of his conviction was denied yesterday by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton. With pressure mounting on President Bush to grant a pardon in the case, Judge Walton said he would not delay Libby's 30-month prison sentence, which was handed down June 5.
  • Libby denied bond, will appeal from behind bars

    06/14/2007 11:29:49 PM PDT · by Baladas · 27 replies · 804+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | June 15, 2007 | Jerry Seper
    Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr.'s bid to remain free on bond pending an appeal of his conviction was denied yesterday by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton. With pressure mounting on President Bush to grant a pardon in the case, Judge Walton said he would not delay Libby's 30-month prison sentence, which was handed down June 5. It is expected that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons will select a facility to house Libby, and he will reportwithin six to eight weeks. "Unless the court of appeals overturns my ruling, he will have to report," said Judge...
  • Afghans free US 'bounty hunter'

    06/13/2007 4:27:36 PM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies · 414+ views
    BBC ^ | 13 June 2007 | BBC
    A former US soldier jailed for running a private prison in Kabul and torturing Afghans has been freed, officials say. Jack Idema was pardoned by President Karzai in March as part of an amnesty. A senior prisons official said Idema left jail in early June and flew out of the country. He served less than three years of his original 10-year sentence. Idema was jailed with two other US men, also since freed. He said his work was approved by the US and Afghan governments, which denied the claim. The Pentagon said he was a bounty hunter. 'Unknown destination'...
  • Neither Prison Nor Pardon (Libby)

    06/07/2007 11:48:08 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 45 replies · 1,234+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 7, 2007 | William Otis
    To pardon Scooter Libby would not be consistent with the imperative that the mechanisms of law be able to demand, and receive, the truth. But to leave the sentence undisturbed would be an injustice to a person who, though guilty in this instance, is not what most people would, or should, think of as a criminal. Commutation offers a middle ground. Unlike a pardon, commuting the prison sentence would not erase the conviction. It would leave Libby with the disabilities of a convicted felon -- no small matter for a lawyer and public figure. But commutation would alleviate the harshest,...
  • A Pardon For Libby

    06/05/2007 7:25:52 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 15 replies · 560+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 5 June 2007 | Staff
    The Plame Scandal: The topic of amnesty has been very much front-and-center in public debate. Well, let us go on the record: We support amnesty 100%. For ex-White House aide Scooter Libby, that is. Scooter Libby will face justice of sorts today, as a judge prepares to sentence him for the trumped-up crimes on which he was convicted three months ago. We hope Judge Reggie B. Walton will remain oblivious to the howls for blood from the left-wing media and Democrat politicians and do what's right: Let Libby go, no prison time. Further, we call on President Bush to pardon...
  • The Moral Imperative to Pardon Scooter Libby and the Message That Needs to be Sent by Doing So

    04/22/2007 12:12:15 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 23 replies · 647+ views
    Myth Debunker | 04/22/2007 | Yomin Postelnik
    If one analyzes the facts behind the case of I. Lewis Libby, the need to pardon Scooter Libby increasingly becomes as clear as day. To begin with, members of the jury have spoken about how the entire jury were eager to see Karl Rove testify. They also felt that Libby was sacrificed to protect Rove. None of this would be relevant except it shows something about the jury which the President, who has full pardon power, has the duty to rectify. Karl Rove's involvement, if any, was not a factor in the prosecution. In other words it wasn't a factor...
  • When a pardon balances accounts

    03/09/2007 11:41:57 AM PST · by JZelle · 10 replies · 640+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3-9-07 | Wes Pruden
    In a perfect world -- or even a decent world -- Scooter Libby would never have been accused and entrapped to lie. Or if he had, a judge would have dismissed the proceedings and sent Patrick Fitzgerald, the rogue prosecutor, back to his traps in Chicago. But we live in Washington, where destroying lives, as the late Vince Foster famously said, is sometimes a partisan sport. A bold president could turn the malicious prosecution of Mr. Libby into a Democratic debacle, appealing successfully to the American spirit of fair play. Even the jurors say they had to put clothespins on...
  • Pardon Libby? Left and Right Erupt in a Fight

    03/08/2007 2:12:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 1,144+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 7, 2007 | Scott Shane
    If some people imagined a verdict in the criminal trial of I. Lewis Libby Jr. would calm the political passions surrounding his fate, they may have forgotten two words with a combustible history: presidential pardon. The 11 jurors had barely pronounced Mr. Libby guilty of obstruction of justice and perjury on Tuesday when a new donnybrook broke out. “Now President Bush must pledge not to pardon Libby for his criminal conduct,” declared Senator Harry Reid, the Senate majority Leader, a stance echoed by other Congressional Democrats, editorial writers and bloggers on the left. On the right, The Wall Street Journal...
  • Libby set to win pardon and escape jail term

    03/07/2007 6:51:09 PM PST · by freespirited · 45 replies · 1,674+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/8/07 | Toby Harnden
    A White House official said last night that there was a "strong expectation" that President George W Bush would pardon Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the disgraced aide. The former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice on Tuesday in a case linked to the unmasking of a covert CIA operative. If the conviction is upheld, he is expected to be jailed for two years. But an administration official said that it was highly unlikely that Libby would go to prison. "There's a lot of anger about the way Libby has been...
  • Verdict in Libby Trial in....reading at noon. (Guilty On 4 of 5 Charges)

    03/06/2007 8:34:59 AM PST · by Dog · 1,341 replies · 66,643+ views
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  • Pardon the Border Patrolmen (By Duncan Hunter)

    02/21/2007 6:56:42 AM PST · by conserv8ive1 · 64 replies · 1,330+ views
    Human Events ^ | 02-21-07 | Duncan Hunter
    Enforcing America's borders is an inherently dangerous responsibility that is critical to the security of our country and the safety of our communities. Despite the fact that many illegal immigrants come here with no criminal intent, others who cross our borders are dangerous criminals smuggling humans, drugs and other illegal contraband. Facing them, the men and women of our nation's Border Patrol risk their lives daily. In return for accepting this responsibility and performing their duties as law enforcement officials, Border Patrol agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos are now serving 11 and 12 years in federal prison. This is...
  • Group launches ads calling for pardon of border agents

    02/20/2007 9:39:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 326+ views
    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin ^ | 2/20/07 | Sara A. Carter
    A grass-roots organization and a media consulting firm launched a campaign Monday seeking a presidential pardon for two former Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a Mexican national during a 2005 incident. The 30- to 60- second television spots, produced by Demos Chrissos, owner of Rapid Response Media, will first air on Washington, D.C., cable channels this week, Chrissos said. Radio commercials targeting congressional representatives in their own districts will begin airing by the end of the week, he said. The "man on the street" TV spots were posted Monday on grassfire.org, a conservative Web site that has collected more...
  • 2 Arrested During Support March Of Border Agents

    02/10/2007 6:35:21 PM PST · by Ladycalif · 14 replies · 1,189+ views
    CBS ^ | 1/10/2006
    (CBS) HOLLYWOOD Two people were arrested during a clash at a march in Hollywood held in support of two U.S. Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting an alleged drug smuggler near the Mexican border in Texas. Police separated about 200 demonstrators and counter-protesters, including members of the Minuteman Project, according to Los Angeles police Officer James Jensen. He did not know which side of the protest the arrested people came from.
  • List of people pardoned by George W Bush

    02/05/2007 9:36:23 PM PST · by The Black Knight · 27 replies · 1,112+ views
    List of people pardoned by George W. Bush The following is a partial list of people pardoned by George W. Bush. As of December 21, 2006, President George W. Bush had issued 113 presidential pardons to people who have served their entire sentence, and has commuted in addition the sentences of three people. [1] This list is a subset of the list of people pardoned by a United States president. The order is alphabetical, the year is the date of conviction. Charles James Allen (1979 conspiracy to defraud the United States. A former federal employee, Allen was convicted for approving...
  • [Arizona & Texas] State Republican Parties Join Calls To Free Border Agents

    02/02/2007 9:04:32 AM PST · by Spiff · 13 replies · 609+ views
    CNS News ^ | 1 February 2007 | Fred Lucas
    State Republican Parties Join Calls To Free Border Agents By Fred Lucas CNSNews.com Staff Writer February 01, 2007 (CNSNews.com) - A growing number of Republicans are calling on President Bush to pardon two U.S. Border Patrol agents who shot and wounded a Mexican man suspected of smuggling drugs into this country. Republican parties in two states have now weighed in on the matter. The case sparked public outrage and prompted three congressional proposals to free agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who this month began serving prison sentences of 11 and 12 years, respectively. At an Arizona Republican Party Convention...
  • Bush's 'callous disregard'(Border Patrol Agents)

    01/22/2007 10:23:56 AM PST · by kellynla · 354 replies · 4,989+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Dimitri Vassilaros
    Congressman Dana Rohrabacher makes the Dixie Chicks sound like bosom buddies of President George W. Bush. Politics being politics, it's easy to dismiss the antipathy liberals have for Mr. Bush. But Bush has lost the support -- and even the respect -- of Mr. Rohrabacher. The California Republican is serving his ninth term and has a lifetime score of 95 from the American Conservative Union. He also has had it with a commander in chief who prefers surrender to being the defender of America's defenseless border with Mexico. Rohrabacher said the minute two unjustly convicted men who had been Border...
  • Bush considers pardon for former Border Patrol agents (Duncan Hunter brings bill seeking the same)

    01/22/2007 11:49:11 AM PST · by GulfBreeze · 42 replies · 1,117+ views
    PoliceOne.com ^ | 01/21/2007 | SUZANNE GAMBOA
    President Bush on Thursday left open the possibility of a pardon for two Border Patrol agents serving federal prison sentences for shooting a Mexican drug dealer as he fled and covering up the crime. Bush said "there's a process for pardons" and the case has to work its way through the system. In an interview with KFOX-TV in El Paso, Bush said the White House will review the case, and he urged people to "take a sober look at the case." "People need to take a tough look at the facts, the evidence a jury looked at, as well as...
  • Bush open to idea of pardon for former U.S. Border Patrol agents who shot Mexican drug dealer

    01/18/2007 4:34:51 PM PST · by jdm · 104 replies · 2,202+ views
    AP ^ | Jan 18, 2007
    WASHINGTON: President George W. Bush left open the possibility of a pardon for two U.S. Border Patrol agents serving federal prison sentences for shooting a Mexican drug dealer as he fled and covering up the crime. Bush said "there's a process for pardons" and the case has to work its way through the system. In an interview with KFOX-TV in El Paso, Texas, Bush said the White House will review the case, and he urged people to "take a sober look at the case." "People need to take a tough look at the facts, the evidence a jury looked at,...
  • How Ford stood by 'real friend' Nixon

    12/29/2006 2:32:39 PM PST · by Jim 0216 · 9 replies · 619+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/29/06 | Bob Woodward
    Months before Richard Nixon set Michigan congressman Gerald Ford on the path to the White House, Nixon turned to Ford, who called himself the embattled president's "only real friend," to get him out of trouble. During one of the darkest days of the Watergate scandal, Nixon secretly confided in Ford, at the time the House minority leader. He begged for help. He complained about fair-weather friends and swore at perceived rivals in his own party. "Tell the guys, goddamn it, to get off their ass and start fighting back," Nixon pleaded with Ford in one call recorded by the president's...
  • Rep. Dana Rohrabacher: Pardon the two border patrol agents

    12/28/2006 6:03:57 PM PST · by bluetone006 · 127 replies · 2,003+ views
    http://people.monstersandcritics.com ^ | Dec 28, 2006 | Stone Martindale
    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher: Pardon the two border patrol agents By Stone Martindale Dec 28, 2006, 23:53 GMT Just wrapping a live segment of the popular CNN's Lou Dobbs show, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California, is pleading with Americans to contact the White House and their local representatives to get angry and voice their support with the issue of pardoning the two incarcerated Border Patrol agents who shot a Mexican drug dealer on the U.S.-Mexico border. Rohrabacher is leading a group of 48 other Congressional representatives asking President Bush to pardon the two agents. He is calling on every American to call...
  • President Ford's Pardon

    12/26/2006 11:53:52 PM PST · by Number57 · 22 replies · 926+ views
    Ladies and gentlemen: I have come to a decision which I felt I should tell you and all of my fellow American citizens, as soon as I was certain in my own mind and in my own conscience that it is the right thing to do. I have learned already in this office that the difficult decisions always come to this desk. I must admit that many of them do not look at all the same as the hypothetical questions that I have answered freely and perhaps too fast on previous occasions. My customary policy is to try and get...
  • Former (Border Patrol)agents can seek pardon (GOOD NEWS!)

    12/22/2006 4:58:51 AM PST · by radar101 · 103 replies · 2,860+ views
    Inland Daily Bulletin ^ | 12/22/2006 | Sara A. Carter
    Former Border Patrol Agent Jose Alonso Compean attends a press conference and rally on Thursday, December 21, 2006 in front of the Old Orange County Courthouse where supporters, led by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher requested the President pardon both Compean and fellow agent Ignacio Ramos' conviction for the non fatal shooting of a Mexican citizen smuggling drugs into the United States. Compean and Ramos are both facing more than 10 years in prison. In the first official response of any kind to several congressional letters sent on behalf of two former Border Patrol agents, the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday...
  • Clinton Pardoned Hastings’s Co-Conspirator

    11/21/2006 5:08:55 AM PST · by libstripper · 11 replies · 799+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 21, 2006 | Byron York
    William Borders was a prominent Washington, D.C. lawyer when, in 1981, he was charged with conspiring with his good friend, federal judge Alcee Hastings, to solicit bribes from defendants seeking lenient treatment in Hastings’s courtroom. Hastings was charged, too, though the men were tried separately. When it was all over, Borders was convicted, disbarred, and sentenced to five years in jail. Hastings was acquitted, but later impeached and removed from office. In addition to his sentence, Borders went to jail two other times as a result of the Hastings matter, both times when he refused to testify against his friend....
  • Thanksgiving at the White House, 2006 (Pardon me...a FReeper names the Turkeys)

    11/16/2006 12:30:50 PM PST · by rightinthemiddle · 36 replies · 1,115+ views
    The White House ^ | November 17, 2006 | rightinthemiddle (kinda)
    Cast your vote to name the 2006 National Thanksgiving Turkey and alternate. President Bush will announce the winning names on Wednesday, November 22, 2006. -snip- This year marks the 59th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation. Though live Thanksgiving turkeys have been presented intermittently to presidents since the Lincoln administration, the current ceremony dates to 1947, when the first National Thanksgiving Turkey was presented to President Harry Truman. The presentation at times has brushed against broader history. For example, the November 1963 event was one of President Kennedy's last in the Rose Garden. The first President Bush conducted the...
  • Businessman pardoned by Clinton found dead in condo (Almon Braswell)

    11/03/2006 2:02:09 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 79 replies · 3,934+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | November 3, 2006
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a businessman pardoned by former President Clinton has been found dead inside his South Beach condo. Miami Beach police say 63-year-old Almon Braswell was found dead October 28th in his Ocean Drive condo by his employees. It's believed he died from a previous injury. Additional information hasn't been released. The Miami-Dade County medical examiner is labeling Braswell's death as "unclassified" pending more tests. Clinton granted 177 pardons and clemencies just before leaving office in 2001. Braswell was pardoned of convictions for fraud and other crimes stemming from false claims in 1983 about...
  • Snow says question on agents' prison time 'nonsensical' (Another Snow Job??)

    10/24/2006 1:41:57 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 36 replies · 1,664+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | October 24, 2006
    White House spokesman Tony Snow Asking whether two U.S. Border Patrol agents sentenced to prison for shooting a drug-smuggling suspect in the buttocks is "nonsensical," according to a White House spokesman, even if it is something of high interest among WND readers. Yesterday Les Kinsolving, WND's correspondent at the White House, asked Bush spokesman Tony Snow whether Bush would use his power of pardon to free the agents. "That's an unanswerable question, Les. The president is the person who is responsible for pardons. You can tell the network, which made you ask that question, that it is nonsensical," Snow...
  • Flashback: Mel and Bill: bosom buddies

    10/02/2006 11:45:47 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 7 replies · 1,187+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2001 | Michelle Malkin
    Mel and Bill: bosom buddies By Michelle Malkin Wednesday, January 31, 2001 Johnny-come-lately liberals are in an uproar over former President Clinton's peddling of White House pardons: Clinton has no shame! He'll do anything for a quick buck! He disgraced the highest office in the land! This is news? Lost in the hoopla is Clinton's repugnant clemency action for former Congressman Mel Reynolds. There was no quid pro quo here. No cash contribution or new living room couch. Just a heartfelt gesture of sympathy from one big creep to another. Clinton ordered Reynolds released from federal prison and commuted the...
  • BILL PARDONED TERROR - FALN CLEMENCY ENCOURAGED KILLERS

    09/27/2006 7:01:29 AM PDT · by shortstop · 49 replies · 1,748+ views
    New York Post ^ | 09/27/06 | JOSEPH F. CONNOR
    BILL Clinton's scathing, defensive attack against Chris Wallace and Fox News on Sunday left me once again struck by the former president's pure hypocrisy and arrogance. Clinton wagged his familiar finger in the face of the American public - which he clearly takes for fools - as he defended the indefensible: his administration's abysmal record on terrorism.
  • Hillary may have to hide her brothers

    08/24/2006 9:12:04 AM PDT · by BJClinton · 48 replies · 2,381+ views
    Michael M Bates ^ | 08/24/2006 | Mike Bates
    Billy Carter, registered foreign agent of the Libyan government and brother of President Jimmy, urinated in public at the Atlanta airport. Sam Houston Johnson, alcoholic and brother of President Lyndon, claimed he was virtually a hostage in the White House and was followed by the Secret Service when he went out. Donald Nixon, budding entrepreneur and brother of President Richard, used his fraternal connection in the late 1950s to secure a business loan. You can choose your friends, but not your family. A number of politicians have found the axiom all too true. Mrs. Clinton’s brothers may yet play a...
  • JONES URGES PRESIDENT TO INITIATE REVIEW OF CASE AGAINST U.S. BORDER PATROL AGENTS

    08/23/2006 11:20:51 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 38 replies · 1,319+ views
    Walter B. Jones ^ | August 21, 2006 | Walter B. Jones
    Washington, D.C. – In a letter today to President George W. Bush, Third District Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC) expressed deep concern over the Justice Department’s unacceptable prosecution of two U.S. Border Patrol agents for simply doing their jobs to protect our homeland. “Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean should have been commended by our government for their actions last year in attempting to apprehend a Mexican drug smuggler who brought nearly 800 pounds of marijuana across our border,” Jones wrote. “But because of an incomprehensible prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office – including granting full immunity to the...
  • Pardon Me Hillary

    08/17/2006 8:52:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,364+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 8/17/06 | Roger Aronoff
    Remember Jimmy Carter's buffoonish brother Billy, known for "Billy Beer" and dealing with Libyan dictator Gadhafi? Well, Hillary Clinton has a brother, too, and, as reported in the Washington Times, Anthony D. "Tony" Rodham was named recently in an Alexandria, Virginia bankruptcy court filing that could boomerang on Hillary herself as she prepares her presidential run. The Tony Rodham story, in which he is accused of being paid and loaned hundreds of thousand of dollars to lobby for presidential pardons, could resurrect numerous Clinton scandals. The media's blackout of this story demonstrates how Senator Clinton is once again benefiting from...
  • Pardon talk for Libby begins

    06/17/2006 11:10:30 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 63 replies · 1,791+ views
    Newsday ^ | June 19, 2006 | TOM BRUNE
    WASHINGTON -- Now that top White House aide Karl Rove is off the hook in the CIA leak probe, President George W. Bush must weigh whether to pardon former vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the only one indicted in the three-year investigation. Speculation about a pardon began in late October, soon after Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald unsealed the perjury indictment of Libby, and it continued last week after Fitzgerald chose not to charge Rove. "I think ultimately, of course, there are going to be pardons," said Joseph diGenova, a former prosecutor and an old Washington hand who shares...
  • The Clintons Pass In The Night

    03/08/2006 4:56:10 AM PST · by Jack Bull · 28 replies · 2,127+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/8/06 | Dick Morris
    The Clintons pass in the night Written in conjunction with Eileen McGann Bill and Hillary Clinton are the first couple to appear simultaneously and independently on the national political stage. They are using their special circumstances as a convenient shield for one another, fulfilling, at once, Hillary’s dream of no accountability and Bill’s of being able to take both sides of an issue. Did Hillary know that Bill was pardoning the FALN terrorists to help her win Puerto Rican votes in New York? Oh, she was opposed to the pardon. Did Hillary find out that Bill was granting pardons to...