I wonder what Clinton supporters have to say about his pardon of Marc Rich and Pincus Green on his last day in the Oval Office?
As noted here:
As noted in the above link, Rich’s wife is a major contributor to the Democratic Party - to the tune of $1 million, according to Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” this evening.
Rich’s lawyer, Jack Quinn, is also a White House counsel.
The authors of the above-posted link question Clinton’s ethics, given the above facts and Bubba’s near-defiance in refusing to discuss why Rich and Green were pardoned.
The link discusses how they feel presidential pardons have usually not been used enough. Certain cases (like low-level drug offenders serving ridiculously lengthy sentences) cry out for this kind of presidential intervention.
But many of Clintons’ last-day pardons seem to have done for the most crass, sleazy reasons - bones tossed to cronies, relatives, contributors, people who were helpful by keeping their mouth shut, and in ways that will help his wife, Senator Hillary, politically in New York.
The authors conclude:
Ready to go knee-jerk with your cries of “right wing vitriol?” All of the above was written by the editors of The Washington Post.
As one regular poster in this forum, in another thread, currently says, “Clinton’s record is, in certain respects, the best of all time,” I wondered what his many fans might have to say about the above?
And, if you could keep it focused and not resort to ‘defense-by-pointing-out-what-other-people-did-too,’ that would be quite refreshing. That defense never worked when my Mom was preparing to punish me, and it shouldn’t work here.
Clinton, The Last Days:
Cut a deal to avoid indictment, admitting that you gave false and misleading testimony in a criminal proceeding. Then immediately spin it with your typical words-don’t-mean-anything defense by saying you didn’t lie.
Give out indefensible, unexplainable, downright sleazy pardons, and then don’t explain them when pressed.
Have your staff commit vandalism to public property by destroying the W’s on computer keyboards in the White House. How cute, except we have to pay for that now.
What a way to go, indeed.