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January 24, 2008

Clinton endorsement

On Feb. 9, 2001, a New York Times editorial concluded President Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich “added millions of Democrats to the rolls of those who regard him with bitter disappointment.”

It is noteworthy that this column preceded revelations of payments made to Hugh Rodham totaling $400,000 in return for a pardon granted to Almon Glenn Braswell and the commutation of Carlos Vignali’s 14-year sentence for cocaine trafficking. Unanswered questions also surround the $244,000 received by Tony Rodham from Edgar and Vonna Gregory, recipients of Clinton pardons in March of 2000.

The New York Times printed a follow-up to its Feb. 9 editorial on Feb. 22. The subjects of that editorial were the payments to Hugh Rodham from Braswell and Vignali.

I am one of those “millions of Democrats” who, on two occasions, voted for Bill Clinton. Am I the only one who remains “bitterly disappointed” by these blatant sales of presidential clemency? Did The Star take these disgraceful pardons into account when it decided to endorse Hillary Clinton’s campaign to add four more years to the two-decade-long Bush/Clinton saga (1/19 editorial)?

Paul G. Schepers
Kansas City

Comments

Engineer

Jim
On further consideration I've got to admit that I have never found you to do anything devious. Repeated dealings with others on this blog have made me unduly suspicious of the veracity of comments

Jim

So I guess you'd find it more plausible that I'd lie than that I'd miss putting the letter "H" in, one time.

The other information in the post made it clear who I was referring to, regardless of the typo.

Hammer pestered Reagan for years, then gave quite a sum of money to the Bush/Quayle inaugural committee, then got a pardon. Pretty direct set of circumstances, and reasonably clear who I meant, typo or no typo.

Sometimes your "Bush Derangement" trigger finger is a little too itchy, Eng.

Engineer

Jim
If it was a typo I withdraw my charges. But when initials are given the reason for giving them is usually to distinguish between the two. On top of that GHWB's actions seem rather remote from the current situation.

Jim

I don't think there's any doubt he'll pardon "Scooter."

Rogue

I hope he pardons the two border patrol agents convicted of shooting the drum smuggler in the butt; and of course, my hero, the Scooter!

Jim

Uh..."thanks" for the benefit of the doubt, by the way.

Interesting that you went directly into accusation mode on that simple error.

Jim

Eng,

Ack! That's my fault, missed the "H" part of it. Yes, of course I'm referring to Bush "41".

I still shudder to think what kind of pardons Bush 43 (Or Clinton 44) will grant on the way out the door.

Engineer


Jim
Are you being intentionally disingenuous or do you really not know the difference between GHW Bush and GW Bush? The pardon you mention was by the elder Bush, as I imagine you well know. It would seem you are trying to male us think it was by the current president. As to the pardons, stealing money by fraud (Rich) and selling pardons are crimes for personal gain.

Jim

Hillary Clinton squirmed in her seat when Tim Russert pressed her on this on his show a couple of weeks ago. She was clearly eager to move on to another subject.

Granting self-serving and questionable pardons has become a bit of tradition in the last few administrations. The Clinton pardons were jaw-droppingly corrupt. Bush Sr. pardoned Weinberger and those other Iran-Contra criminals on his way out as well.

One of G.W. Bush's first pardons went to the hilariously named Armand Hammer, an oilman who pleaded guilty to money laundering illegal contributions to Nixon's reelection campaign. Hammer pleaded with Reagan repeatedly for a pardon, to no avail. Shortly before he was pardoned, Hammer gave $100k to the GOP, and another $100k to the Bush/Quayle Inaugural commission. Good things come to those who donate, I guess.

The pardon question is good enough reason in itself not to return the Clintons to the White House, as far as I'm concerned. I shudder to think what pardons George W. Bush will grant a year from now.

Rogue

The New York Times just endorsed Hillary Mr. Schepers. It seems that both the Star and the Times are not that concerned about her character. However, I do not find that at all surprising.

 
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