Saturday, January 19, 2008

Campaign 08: Mrs. Clinton on the Pardon Power

The following is an excerpt from a transcript of an Tim Russert's MSNBC interview with Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton:

RUSSERT: You say you've been deeply involved in the eight years of the Clinton administration. One of the powers given to a president is the power of pardon. At the end of the president’s second term, he granted 140 pardons, including one to Marc Rich, someone who had been convicted of tax evasion, fraud and making illegal oil deals with Iran. Were you involved in that pardon?
CLINTON: No. I didn’t know anything about that.

RUSSERT: No one talked to you whatsoever?
CLINTON: No. No. Unh-unh.

RUSSERT: His ex-wife gave $109,000 to your campaign.
CLINTON: Well, no one talked to me about it, Tim.

RUSSERT: Nobody?
CLINTON: Nobody.

RUSSERT: Your two brothers proposed people for pardons and you were paid money. One brother, you asked to give the money back.
CLINTON: That’s right. That’s right.

RUSSERT: Were you aware your brothers were involved?
CLINTON: No, I was not.

RUSSERT: If you’re president, will you make a pledge that your family will not recommend people...
CLINTON: Absolutely. Absolutely.

RUSSERT: And you’ll file-follow the Justice Department’s guidelines?
CLINTON: Yes. Yes. Well, number one, I want to have a much more transparent government, and I think we now have the tools to make that happen. I said the other night at an event in New Hampshire, I want to have as much information about the way our government operates on the Internet so the people who pay for it, the taxpayers of America, can see that. I want to be sure that we actually have like agency blogs. I want people in all the government agencies to be communicating with people. I want to make sure that we limit, if we can’t eliminate all the no-bid contracts, the cronyism, I want to cut 500,000 government contractors.

RUSSERT: But follow the Justice Department guidelines on pardons?
CLINTON: Absolutely. Absolutely.

See full transcript of the inteview here.

1 comment:

P.S. Ruckman, Jr. said...

It was Hillary Clinton who, after the commutation of Libby's sentence, issued this hilarious statement: "Today's decision is yet another example that this Administration simply considers itself above the law. This case arose from the Administration's politicization of national security intelligence and its efforts to punish those who spoke out against its policies. Four years into the Iraq war, Americans are still living with the consequences of this White House's efforts to quell dissent. This commutation sends the clear signal that in this Administration, cronyism and ideology trump competence and justice."

So far as I know, Mrs. Clinton has never issued one ounce of negative commentary, much less criticism, regarding the many "controversial" pardons that landed in the administration that she now claims to have been such an integral part of.

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