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