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Clinton vs. Bush Pardons

In Constitutional Rights, Politics on July 3, 2007 at 3:46 pm

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So is there a difference between the pardons made by President Clinton and President Bush? Hillary Clinton seems to think so.

From the AP:

Clinton criticizes Libby prison commute

Draws distinction between husband’s 140 pardons as he left office

KEOKUK, Iowa – Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton drew a distinction between President Bush’s decision to commute the sentence of White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby – which she has harshly criticized – and her husband’s 140 pardons in his closing hours in office.

“I believe that presidential pardon authority is available to any president, and almost all president’s have exercised it,” Clinton said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “This (the Libby decision) was clearly an effort to protect the White House. … There isn’t any doubt now, what we know is that Libby was carrying out the implicit or explicit wishes of the vice president, or maybe the president as well, in the further effort to stifle dissent.”

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This story has created outrage and disbelief around the world. Websites and media are plastering this story everywhere. Here is an article from The Australian. How do you feel?

Has anyone ever realized that the term “United” States is an oxymoron? Food for thought…

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