Thursday, December 25, 2008

Toussie Jammup: Sorry, I Just Don't Believe It

Did White House counsel Fred Fielding tell President Bush that Isaac Robert Toussie's request for the waiver of the DOJ's 5-year waiting period was denied by the Office of the Pardon Attorney? If he did not, he should have. Or, did he tell Bush, and Bush signed his name anyway?

Did Fielding tell Bush that the application was not supported by either the U.S. Pardon Attorney or the Deputy Attorney General? If he did not, he should have. Or, did he tell Bush these things, and Bush signed his name anyway?

Why bother with these questions? Because, if Bush was aware of all of these things when he signed his name, is it really plausible to think that news of political donations by a relative of the applicant were the deciding factor in revoking (or trying to revoke) the pardon? I don't think so. Remember Carey C. Hice? He was pardoned by Bush back in November, According to the Raleigh News and Observer Rice:
... made political contributions to Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C., and the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., and had hosted Inglis on a tour of his chemical plant ... Hice contributed $1,000 to Inglis in 1995 and gave the same amount to him in 1997. Hice contributed $1,000 to Thurmond in 1996 ... Hice also permitted the congressman to erect a large 2004 campaign sign on commercial property he owned, Inglis said.
Guess we had better polish off that revocation statement for a second round!

UPDATE: USA Today reports (here) Alan Maiss, former president of Bally Gaming, made two contributions totaling $1,500 to Bush's campaign in 2003 and 2004, a USA TODAY review of federal election records shows. Maiss mostly donated to Democrats and gave only to one other Republican besides Bush: then-Nevada senator Paul Laxalt in 1979, the records show.

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