“I had known Mr. Vennes for some time and was familiar with his good works with local charity organizations. Like so many others, I was under the impression that he had turned his life around and was seeking to do the right thing by those less fortunate. Regrettably, it now appears that I may have too hastily accepted his claims of redemption and I must withdraw my previous letter.”The Independent suggests the original letter of support for Vennes’ pardon was "so unusual" because "he is not even a constituent of Bachmann’s." He has, however, contributed a total of $27,400 to her since 2005. See full story here.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The Minnesota Independent reports that 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is withdrawing her support for the clemency application of Frank Vennes Jr., who was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison in 1987 after conviction for money laundering, illegal firearm sales and cocaine distribution. After serving the sentence, Vennes filed a series of unsuccessful appeals claiming he was the victim of entrapment. On September 24th, however, his home was raided by federal agents in connection with a fraud investigation. Bachmann immediately wrote a letter to the Office of the Pardon Attorney (DOJ) which said, in part: