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May 1 2001

Unpardonable Disparities

When it's a Bush, not a Clinton, clemency is no scandal

A blizzard of coverage gave the impression that Bill Clinton’s final pardons raised unprecedented ethical issues about pardons being given in return for favors or to questionable recipients. But are the issues really unprecedented–or have media simply failed to raise these questions with previous administrations? A look back at the elder George Bush’s pardons shows that there was plenty of fodder for scandal that the media just weren’t that interested in. One of the main complaints about Clinton’s pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich was that Rich’s ex-wife, Denise Rich, had given some $450,000 to Clinton’s presidential library fund. But […]