Saturday, October 4, 2008

The President: Mercy for Former Prosecutor?

The Waco Tribune reports that Bill Johnston, a former "crusading federal prosecutor who ran afoul of former U.S. Sen. John Danforth’s special investigation into the 1993 Branch Davidian siege" is hoping to be pardoned by President Bush. Johnston says that he feels as though what happened to him "was unfair," but admits that he did not turn over personal notes showing that he knew at least by 1994 that the FBI used tear-gas devices capable of sparking a fire on the final day of the government standoff with David Koresh and his followers. Amazingly, Johnston was the only person prosecuted as a result of Danforth’s $17 million investigation. A Department of Justice spokesman confirms Johnston has applied for a pardon. The Tribune also notes that he is a close friend of Robert Blossman, a retired Secret Service agent who is manager at Bush ranch Crawford. See story here.

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