Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Gonzales, Deutch, Clinton, Nixon

Carrie Johnson, in today's Washington Post, writes about former U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales. Along the way, Johnson notes:

Security lapses involving government executives are not unprecedented, but they only rarely result in prosecution. Former CIA director John M. Deutch wrote and stored classified memos on an unprotected computer in his home, agency investigators found. He was discussing a plea bargain on a possible misdemeanor charge when he was pardoned by President Bill Clinton.
In fact, the Belgium born Deutch was indicted by information on January 19, the day before he was pardoned by Clinton. There were also reports that he had actually signed an agreement. Regardless, Deutch was clearly only hours away from having been pardoned before he was even charged with anything (see Richard Nixon).

George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence, was not consulted by President Clinton. The Times speculated that Mr. Tenet's "strong opposition" to a pardon for Jonathan Pollard "may have made Mr. Clinton reluctant to seek his advice on whether to grant clemency to Mr. Deutch." But, it was also reported that White House officials "had not consulted any Central Intelligence Agency officials about whether to issue the pardon." See story here.

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