Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Remembering Hunt's Search for Clemency

The FBI has released 167 pages of E. Howard Hunt's file as a result of a FOIA request by the Associated Press. Hunt worked for the CIA for more than two decades but made his mark in history by planning the Watergate break-in and serving 33 months in prison. It is reported that the "vast majority" of the file "relates to Hunt's request for a presidential pardon from President Ronald Reagan in 1981." In his application, Hunt said he had acted on what he "believed" to be "executive authorization delegated to the then Attorney General." He also argued that he was worthy of clemency because of his age, service to the country and his testimony against John Mitchell and John Ehrlichman. The request was denied. See story here.

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